From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Webster '11

Date of birth: July 28, 1888

Date of death: March 16, 1943

Age: 54

Lucky Bag

From the 1911 Lucky Bag:


Walter was lost on March 16, 1943 when the "two engine Navy bomber" he was aboard crashed near Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. The pilot of the plane, the only other person aboard, was also lost.

He was manager of the naval aircraft factory at the Philadelphia Navy Yard at the time, and was en route to Washington, D.C.

Walter earned his wings as naval aviator #4053 on September 11, 1934; he is listed as a "CDR (CC)." Unclear what the "CC" indicates.

He was a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

He was survived by his wife, who is buried next to him in Arlington National Cemetery.

Walter's class ring, lost for 30 years, was returned to his wife in July 1949. (Information from the September 1949 issue of Shipmate.)


USS Webster (ARV 2) was named for Walter; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Webster Field at Priest Point, Maryland, was named for him on June 1, 1943.

Memorial Hall Error

Walter is not listed with his classmates. He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1911

Walter is one of 15 members of the Class of 1911 on Virtual Memorial Hall.