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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 6, 1922
Date of death: July 19, 1960
Age: 37

Lucky Bag

1945 Schmeltzer LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Louis Bourke Schmeltzer

Washington, D.C.

"Bromo," hailing from a long line of shipbuilders and ailing from a lack of linguistic ability, came to us from Washington, D. C. "Bromo" had a certain knack of getting other people out of trouble and himself into trouble. A snake of no mean ability, Lou also had other interests foremost among which was track. While at the Academy he spent more time trying to "beat the system" than getting stripes; but in the Fleet it will be a different story because we know he has what it takes to make an excellent officer and still remain "one of the boys."

Battalion Track 4; Varsity Track 3, 1; Newman Club 4, 3, 1; Reception Committee 4, 3, 1; Boat Club 4, 3, 1.

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Louis' life or loss. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery; his wife (died 2014) is also buried there.


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

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

Class Navigation

Class of 1945
Louis is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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