WEST A. PAYNE, LT, USN

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West Payne '38

Date of birth: October 10, 1914

Date of death: January 3, 1944

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:

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WEST ADAMS PAYNE

Lynchburg, Virginia

Ducky, Mammy

From a long line of military men this native son of old Virginia brought with him a fierce loyalty to anything of which he approves and an extreme frankness. His philosophy is "live and let live," if anyone's ever was. He has won his friends, not because of his many good points, but because, in spite of his weaknesses, people just can't help liking him. Early in Plebe year his southern accent, singing, and guitar playing acquired for him the name "Mammy." He likes to drag and prefers blondes from the sunny South. He has learned the meaning of the word "bone" and has always managed to pull through in spite of Steam and Skinny. Because he would never be happy anywhere except in the line—good luck, Ducky!

Track 4, 2; Batt. Boxing 2; Batt. Swimming 1; Boat Club 2; Mandolin Club Director; Musical Club Show 2, 1; G.P.O.

1938 Payne LB.jpg

WEST ADAMS PAYNE

Lynchburg, Virginia

Ducky, Mammy

From a long line of military men this native son of old Virginia brought with him a fierce loyalty to anything of which he approves and an extreme frankness. His philosophy is "live and let live," if anyone's ever was. He has won his friends, not because of his many good points, but because, in spite of his weaknesses, people just can't help liking him. Early in Plebe year his southern accent, singing, and guitar playing acquired for him the name "Mammy." He likes to drag and prefers blondes from the sunny South. He has learned the meaning of the word "bone" and has always managed to pull through in spite of Steam and Skinny. Because he would never be happy anywhere except in the line—good luck, Ducky!

Track 4, 2; Batt. Boxing 2; Batt. Swimming 1; Boat Club 2; Mandolin Club Director; Musical Club Show 2, 1; G.P.O.

Loss

West was lost in the explosion of USS Turner (DD 648) in New York harbor on January 3, 1944.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


Class of 1938

West is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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