ALEXANDER GROVES, LTJG, USN
Alexander Groves '37
Date of birth: 1915
Date of death: August 2, 1940
From the 1937 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
from Doris Neel Groves from her typewriter January 30, 1945
"Following a short leave (after graduation from USNA) he was assigned to duty on the U.S.S. Marblehead in Asiatic waters until March 1940. During this period he was awarded a citation for Intelligence reports and one for bravery by the Commander in Chief, Admiral Yarnell. "On the night of September 26, 1938, noting what appeared to be one of the Chinese occupants of the capsized sampan, you — with disregard for own safety, dived into the foul waters of the Whangpoo River — in effort to safe a life. The Commander in Chief commends you," etc.
In April 1940, Lieut. Alexander Groves II transferred to Pensacola, Florida School of Aviation, where he was making fine progress until August 2nd; while leading a formation his plane went out of control and crashed. His broken body rests in the family lot in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, Iowa.
He was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940. According to information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian, the crash was near Corry Field, FL.
Memorial Hall Error
In the Lucky Bag and on his gravestone Alexander is listed as "II"; in Memorial Hall this suffix is omitted.