From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Milton Stephens '33

Date of birth: March 13, 1911

Date of death: October 30, 1936

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:

We have been able to obtain no information on Steve from the time he graduated until his death in 1936. On 30 October of that year, Steve, a Lieutenant (jg), was killed in an airplane crash at Border Field in San Diego, California. Steve's remarried widow, Mrs. Edna MacDonald, lives in Riva, Maryland.


Milton was lost on October 30, 1936 when, "during dive bombing practice at Border Field, San Diego, the left wings of an F3F1 tore off at 1,500 feet and the aircraft plunged into the ground."

He is buried in California.


Milton began his career aboard USS Nevada (BB 36); this is where he was listed in the 1934 and 1935 Navy Directories. In 1936 he was listed as under instruction at NAS Pensacola, Florida. On June 12, 1936 he earned his wings as naval aviator #4259.

Class of 1933

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