From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Luther Welsh '09

Date of birth: June 20, 1889

Date of death: November 8, 1916

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1909 Lucky Bag:


Luther was lost on November 8, 1916 when he and his pilot were "on an experimental bomb test flight at Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Maryland, were instantly killed by the premature explosion of a bomb in their plane."

He graduated number four in his class and was assigned initially to USS Missouri and later to USS North Dakota. "He was detailed to the Bureau of Ordinance for temporary instruction at George Washington University in 1911. Later he continued his course at various steel plants. In 1913 he was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade, and became aid on the staff of the command of the Third Division of the Atlantic fleet. He was assigned to duty at Indian Head in March this year."

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1909

Luther is one of 9 members of the Class of 1909 on Virtual Memorial Hall.