From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Oddle Anderson '27

Date of birth: January 11, 1904

Date of death: October 27, 1930

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Oddle died on October 27, 1930 of injuries sustained in an aircraft crash the previous day. The scout plane he was piloting crashed immediately after catapulting from USS Idaho (BB 42); another man aboard was also lost. Oddle was the senior aviator aboard and the ship's wrestling coach. His wife was aboard with many other family and friends for the Navy Day celebration.

He began his career in USS Pennsylvania (BB 38); the Navy Directories of both 1928 and 1929 list him aboard that ship. He earned his wings as naval aviator #3564 on December 21, 1929. The 1930 Navy Directory lists him as a member of Observation Squadron (VO) 4B, aboard USS Idaho (BB 42).

He had completed high school in three years. He was survived by his wife, mother, two brothers; Oddle was promoted posthumously to Lieutenant.

He is buried in Maine.


The commanding officer wrote to his mother:

Oddle had always seemed to be an extremely careful and conscientious pilot, and this accident cannot be attributed to any carelessness or lack of judgement on his part. It is one of those things which might happen to the best of aviators at any time. It is one of the events that have occurred so frequently, and which seems essential to the development of aviation; so that aviators of the future will be able to fly in safety. Dying as he did, Oddle's was a hero's death, and his end came as the supreme sacrifice made for his country and his navy, just as much as though he had been shot down by the enemy.

Class of 1927

Oddle is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.