STUART STEPHENS, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Stuart Stephens '34

Date of birth: October 7, 1910

Date of death: July 16, 1943

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Stuart was lost when the plane he was piloting crashed into Monterey Bay, California, on July 16, 1943. Two other aircrew were also killed.

He is buried in Arkansas. He was survived by his wife, who later remarried a British naval officer.

Career

Stuart began his career aboard USS Memphis (CL 13); he was listed there in the 1934 and 1935 Navy Directories. In the 1936 Navy Directory he is listed aboard USS Trenton (CL 11).

The 1937 Navy Directory lists him as an Ensign under instruction at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings as naval aviator #5571 on December 23, 1937, when he was a LTjg.

In 1938 he was serving with Torpedo Squadron (VT) 5 aboard USS Yorktown (CV 5); the 1939, 1940, and 1941 Navy Directories list him as a member of the ship's wardroom and no longer with the torpedo squadron.


Class of 1934

Stuart is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 in Memorial Hall.