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 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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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.