Arthur E. Loeser

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Arthur Edward Loeser
Born(1903-04-17)April 17, 1903
Rahway, New Jersey
DiedNovember 13, 1942(1942-11-13) (aged 39)
Ironbottom Sound, Guadalcanal
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1927–42
RankLieutenant Commander
UnitUSS Atlanta (CL-51)
Battles/warsNaval Battle of Guadalcanal

Arthur Edward Loeser (born 17 April 1903 in Rahway, New Jersey); appointed to the United States Naval Academy on 15 August 1923; and commissioned ensign on 2 June 1927.

After serving from 1927 to 1929 in the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3), from 1929 to 1932 in the destroyer Hopkins (DD-249), in the cruiser Rochester (CA-2) in 1932, in the gunboat Asheville (PG-21) in 1933, and in Chicago (CA-29) in 1934, Loeser completed two years of postgraduate work at the Naval Academy. Two years in the battleship Mississippi (BB-41) were followed by two in Sampson (DD-394) as engineering officer. From June 1940 to August 1941 he served with Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath, Maine.

On 2 September 1941 Lieutenant Commander Loeser reported aboard light cruiser Atlanta (CL-51) as engineering officer. Lieutenant Commander Loeser was killed in action on 13 November 1942 when enemy torpedoes crippled Atlanta in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.


In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Loeser (DE-680) was named in honor of Lt.Cmdr. Loeser, sponsored by his widow, Mrs. Marion Loeser.


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