From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ted Hilger '35

Date of birth: September 13, 1912

Date of death: March 2, 1942

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


From the July 1942 issue of The Battalion (Texas A&M news), via Find A Grave. Ted's brother went on to retire as a Major General.

Ted was lost when USS Pillsbury (DD 227) was sunk by a superior Japanese surface force in a night action on March 2, 1942, 200 miles east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

From Find A Grave: "Born about 1913, Ted Adair Hilger was the son of John Fredrick Hilger and Emma Dye."

His mother was listed as next of kin.


Ted was a "Language/Cultural Officer" who spent some amount of time in Japan in 1941.

Class of 1935

Ted is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.