From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Adolfo Parra '38

Date of birth: February 20, 1915

Date of death: November 13, 1941

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

Adolph Parra, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from Ponce, Puerto Rico on June 25, 1934 at age 19 years 4 months.

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."

Lucky Bag

He is listed in the 1938 Lucky Bag on the page "Victims of the System: Third Battalion".


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 March 1942 issue has "ADOLPH J. PARRA, JR., '38, 2nd Lieutenant, U. S. Army A ir Corps. Died Nov. 13, '41, near Albrook Field, Panama, Canal Zone. Killed in airplane accident." March 1944 issue: "Parra, Adolph J., Jr.—2nd Lt. USAAC." The Register of Alumni gives "Parra, 2LT Adolph, Jr., USA".

Memorial Hall Error

Adolfo changed his name from "Adolph" at some point.

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 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.