From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Louis Schmeltzer '45

Date of birth: December 6, 1922

Date of death: July 19, 1960

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:


From the September-October 1960 issue of Shipmate:

BROMO was killed on 19 July in a helicopter crash near Hunter Air Force Base, Ga. The crash occurred after an engine fire developed in the helicopter he was piloting from Mayport, Fla. to Quonset Point, R. I., where his squadron was based. Bromo was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on 25 July. …Flowers were sent in the name of the class and the entire class extends deepest sympathy to Betty and shares with her a loss in Bromo's death.

He was a member of Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron 11; the two other men aboard the helicopter were also killed.


As a LCDR, he wrote the housing guide for the Naval Postgraduate School in May 1959.

From researcher Kathy Franz: "Father was John E. Schmeltzer, died 1943. In 1930 he was a marine engineer for the Marion (Ohio) Steam Shovel Company. In 1940 he was the assistant director of the Maritime Commission in D.C. This ship is named for him. Louis' mother was Anne, his brother was John; his wife was Elizabeth. His father at age 17 in 1900 was a machinist apprentice, and his grandfather Louis was a machinist in Chester, PA. Perhaps, this is the 'long line of shipbuilders' mentioned in the Lucky Bag."

Louis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth, died in 2014 and is also buried there. He was additionally survived by their children, Louis Jr. (14), Margaret (12), Nancy (8), and Jane (5); a brother, two aunts, and three nephews.

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Theodore Graver '58 was also lost in this crash.

Eugene Spangler '45, George Webster '45, and Benton Decker, Jr. '45 were also in 3rd Company.

Class of 1945

Louis is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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