MELVILLE S. BROWN, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Melville Brown '10

Date of birth: March 8, 1889

Date of death: November 2, 1936

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Melville was lost on November 2, 1936 when the aircraft he was aboard crashed. He was the executive officer of USS Lexington (CV 2) at the time.

He had only become a qualified naval aviator (#4171) a short while before, in 1935.

From Wikipedia:

CDR Brown was the Commanding Officer of the USS Truxtun (DD-229) when the ship was commissioned in 1921, and later was Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2).

Namesake

Brown Field Municipal Airport, near San Diego, is named for Melville.


Class of 1910

Melville is one of 15 members of the Class of 1910 in Memorial Hall.