Hazelhurst, Leighton Wilson, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Primary Unit
1908-1912, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry /HHC
Service Years
1908 - 1912

Signal Corps

First Lieutenant

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Home Town
Macon, Georgia
Last Address
College Park, Maryland

Casualty Date
Jun 11, 1912
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Training Exercises
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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  1912, In the Line of Duty

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
  1908-1912, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry /HHC
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1904-1908, United States Military Academy
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Last Known Activity

Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr. (July 1887 - June 11, 1912) was a pioneer aviator who was killed in an aircrash with Al Welsh piloting. Hazelhurst was the third United States Army officer to die in an aviation accident. The two to die before him were Thomas Etholen Selfridge and George Edward Maurice Kelly.

He was born in July 1887 in Macon, Georgia to Jessie M. (1865-?) and Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Sr. (1862-?). His father worked for the railroad. Leighton, Jr. was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He was a classmate of Hap Arnold's. He was an appointee from Mississippi. He graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 17th Infantry in 1908.

He was detailed as a student aviator to the Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps on March 1, 1912, and reported to the Aviation School in its temporary winter quarters at Augusta, Georgia, where he began instruction with Lt. Thomas DeWitt Milling. The school returned to its previous field at College Park, Maryland on April 1, 1912.

On June 11, 1912, Hazelhurst was a passenger accompanying Al Welsh of the Wright Flying School as an official observer during an acceptance trial for the Army's first Wright Model C airplane. The plane crashed and both men were killed. He was survived by his wife and an 8 year-old daughter.[4] 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.


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