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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 15, 1921
Date of death: January 3, 1944
Age: 22

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Albert Patrick Gross

Akron, Ohio

Al distinguished himself in many ways. We cheered him to many a victory as captain of the swimming team, realizing the conscientious effort and training it required to make a swimmer of his caliber. When the water in the natatorium no longer foamed from his wake, Al hurled a mean curve for the company softball team. His three stripes show that the Executive Department appreciated his leadership qualities as much as his classmates. Add a sincere, generous, good-humored nature to an athletic physique, and throw in an eye for beauty and you have Al, a gentleman and friend, an asset to any ship in any fleet.

He was also a first set striper.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Albert was lost in the explosion of USS Turner (DD 648) in New York harbor on January 3, 1944. He has memory markers in Arlington National Cemetery and Ohio.

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Carlton Rees '40 and Arthur Alexander '40 were also lost when USS Turner (DD 648) exploded and sank in New York harbor on January 3, 1944.

Thomas Ware, Jr. ’44 was also on the swim team.

Class Navigation

Class of 1944
Albert is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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