From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33

Date of birth: September 23, 1911

Date of death: April 6, 1937

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:


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From the 1953 edition of the book "Double Three Roundup," published by the class of 1933:

Most of the class will recall that Lud was killed in a plane crash off San Diego on 6 April 1937. Prior to his death, Lud had served for two years aboard the WEST VIRGINIA, undergone flight instruction at Pensacola, and had served with Scouting Squadron Three aboard the LEXINGTON.

Lud and Clayton Estes from Memphis, Tennessee, were married on June 12, 1935 in El Paso, Texas. Clayton writes that in 1942 she married Doctor William D. Scanlon who volunteered for duty as a Naval flight surgeon during the war and served overseas with the Fleet Marine Force. Doctor Scanlon has now returned to private practice and resides with Clayton at 322 Abbey Road, Manhasset, Long Island, New York.


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Pickett was designed naval aviator #4273 in 1936. Graduate US Naval Academy, Class of 1933. Killed, along with three others, following launching from the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) off San Diego, Ca., in a midair collision between two scout bombers.

The aircraft were Vought SBU Corsair biplanes. He was a member of Scouting Squadron (VS) 3B, embarked in USS Lexington (CV 2).

He has a memory marker in Arkansas. He was survived by his mother, sister, and brother. (His brother graduated with the Class of 1938 and retired as a Rear Admiral.)


Ludwell began his career aboard USS West Virginia (BB 48); he is listed in both the 1934 and 1935 Navy Directories as being a member of that ship's wardroom. In 1936 he was under instruction at NAS Pensacola, Florida.

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Class of 1933

Ludwell is one of 38 members of the Class of 1933 on Virtual Memorial Hall.