Rudolf Fletcher, US Navy Sailor


This is a great find – a black sailor named Rudolf Fletcher, posed by a column and looking confident. I am guessing this photo dates to the World War II era. Working on that theory, I did a little research and found a few Rudolf Fletchers.

  • Rudolf Fletcher, born October 10, 1928, died June 10, 1981. Entered the service April 9, 1946, left February 7, 1948
  • Rudolf Fletcher, born January 5, 1926, died September 15, 1986. Entered the service January 3, 1944, left January 12, 1946
  • Rudolf Fletcher, born April 13, 1934, died December 10, 1992. Entered the service February 19, 1952, left May 3, 1955

There is also a laundry list of Rudolf Fletchers who served in the Navy throughout the 1935-1950 era.

UPDATE: Iggy found that the Rudolph Fletcher I crossed out up there was a white man, so that eliminates him from the running for this photo. He also discovered Rudolph Valentino Fletcher Sr (1924-2002), who was buried near Oakland, CA. At least there is a connection here, as I bought the photo in California. Hopefully one day Mr Fletcher’s family will stumble upon this picture and be able to tell us if it is he. Thanks, Iggy!!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brandy Heineman
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 18:52:37

    Great picture! When I rescue a photo with a rather unique name, I’m always shocked when there turns out to be multiple possibilities for who it could be!


  2. mousleyka
    Oct 09, 2013 @ 09:43:47

    Rudolph Valentino Fletcher Sr. (1924-2002) buried near Oakland, CA was a CK3 (Cook Petty Office Third Class) and StM3 (Steward’s Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer) on the SC-1321 (Subchaser).

    Your second listing is: Rudolph Hilton “Rudy” Fletcher (Jan. 5, 1926-Sep. 15, 1986) buried near Richmond, VA was an S1 (Seaman First Class) but is listed in the US census as “White”.

    Rudolph Fletcher Jr. (?) was an F1 (Fireman First Class) Serving on the Submarine Bluegill (SS-242).

    I suspect the man in the photo is the Rudolph V. Fletcher Sr. but cannot prove it – there are two Rudolph Fletcher’s in the 1940 US Census with his birth date, one from Lincoln county, Oklahoma and the other from Cook county, Illinois, both listed as “Black”.


  3. Rudolf Fletcher
    Oct 22, 2015 @ 15:31:18

    Here’s another white sailor with the name Rudolf Fletcher. I know ‘cus it’s me.
    It was taken in Toulon France about 1958-9.


  4. anyjazz
    Oct 26, 2015 @ 02:16:14

    I hope a descendant turns up.


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