Hazlehurst, Leighton Wilson, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Primary Unit
1912-1912, Aviation Cadet Flight School
Service Years
1904 - 1912
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Home Town
Macon, Georgia
Last Address
Washington, DC area

Date of Passing
Jun 11, 1912
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 3 Grave 2325

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He was a classmate of Hap Arnold at West Point.
On June 11, 1912, he was a passenger
 and official observer during an acceptance trial for the Army's first Wright Model C airplane. The plane crashed and he and pilot Al Welsh were killed. He was survived by his wife and 8 year-old daughter.  Although protocol for funerals for officers of his rank called only for the participation of a platoon of infantry, the entire garrison at Fort Myer including all the Army's aviators turned out for the ceremony, while a squadron of the 15th Cavalry and battalion of the 3rd Field Artillery provided the honor escort. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leighton_Wilson_Hazelhurst,_Jr.)
The former Hazelhurst Field, Mineola, NY was named for him.
(see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Field_(airport))
Sources differ as to whether his surname was Hazelhurst or Hazlehurst. The latter seems to be correct.
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Hazelhurst Field: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Field_(airport)
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US Army (USA)Aeronautical Division, Signal CorpsAviation Cadet Flight School
  1908-1912, US Army (USA)
  1912-1912, Aeronautical Division, Signal Corps
  1912-1912, Aviation Cadet Flight School
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United States Military Academy
  1904-1908, United States Military Academy
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