From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thelman Lester '25

Date of birth: March 23, 1904

Date of death: August 6, 1928

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:


Thelman was lost on August 6, 1928 when the plane he was piloting crashed near San Diego, California.

He was survived by his wife, parents, a brother, and three sisters. Both his father and his father-in-law were justices in the Oklahoma State Supreme Court. He and his wife had only been married for two months.

Thelman was flying from USS Lexington (CV 2); unable to find which squadron. He earned his wings as naval aviator #3403 on April 7, 1928.

Class of 1925

Thelman is one of 30 members of the Class of 1925 on Virtual Memorial Hall.