From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Adolfo Parra '38

Date of birth: February 20, 1915

Date of death: November 13, 1941

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

"Adolph Parra, Jr.," from Puerto Rico, is listed in the 1938 Lucky Bag on the page "Victims of the System: Third Battalion".

He resigned from the Naval Academy on June 7, 1937, he was "Deficient in studies, second term's work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign."


Adolfo was lost on November 13, 1941, when the P-40 Warhawk he was piloting crashed near Paja, Panama. He was a member of the 29th Pursuit Squadron.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

His loss was noted in the February 1942 issue of SHIPMATE. The Register of Alumni gives "Parra, 2LT Adolph, Jr., USA".

Memorial Hall Error

Adolfo changed his name from "Adolph" at some point; believe this accounts for his omission from Memorial Hall.

He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through SHIPMATE issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1938

Adolfo is one of 70 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.