Melvin W. Woods
Lieutenant, United States Navy
OFFICER A SUICIDE
Lieutenant M. W. Woods Of The Brooklyn Found Dead In Virginia
WASHINGTON, March 24, 1938 - Lieutenant Melvin W. Woods, 25-year-old Naval Officer found shot to death yesterday in a Virginia woods overlooking the Potomac River, had suffered a nervious breakdown from overwork, Captain Frank W. Rockwell, his father-in-law, said today.
Captain Rockwell's comment was the only explanation, which the police had for the death of the officer, who was home on two weeks' sick leave from the USS Brooklyn.
Coroner C. A. Ransom of Fairfax County issued a certificate of suicide.
Commander C. T. DuBose, executive officer of the Brooklyn said yesterday that he knew ofno reason why Lieutenant Woods should commit suicide. Lieutenant Woods was the turret officer aboard the Brooklyn and had been attached to the ship since September 30.
When the Lieuenantleft on a ten days' leave
of absence last Saturday morning, he appeared in good health and spirits,
Commander DuBose said.
Posted: 1 August 2007