From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alfred Elpern '44

Date of birth: January 23, 1921

Date of death: September 4, 1947

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


From Reno Gazette-Journal:

Navy Officer's Death Is Learned

Details of the death on Sept. 4 of Lt. Alfred G. Elpern, USN, were received here this week. The officer was on a night flight over Rhode Island in one of the navy's fastest planes when the instrument lights went out, and he met death in attempting to land. Lt. Elpern, 27 years old, was a former student at the University of Nevada where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He was appointed to the U. S. Naval Academy by Rep. James G. Scrugham, and was graduated in 1943. His war service included the invasions of southern France and Sicily. His widow is the former Mary Margaret Mason of Reno, a graduate of the University of Nevada, and they had been living at Westerly, R. I. His father, A. P. Elpern, formerly was sales manager of the Johnson Chevrolet Co. in Reno.

He is buried in Pennsylvania.

Alfred married Mary Margaret Mason in April 1945. The article mentioned he was then a naval aviator and earlier "took part in three major operations in the liberation of France."

He was also survived by a four-year-old son. (Information from his granddaughter via email on May 19, 2020.)

Class of 1944

Alfred is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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