From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Arthur Cross, Jr. '40

Date of birth: April 12, 1918

Date of death: January 30, 1945

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

Arthur Barton Cross, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from South Carolina on June 15, 1936 at age 18 years 2 months.

He resigned on March 4, 1938 because he was "Deficient in studies, first term's work. Continued with class pending reexamination. Reexamined and again deficient. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign."

Lucky Bag

Arthur Barton Cross, Jr. is listed on the page titled “And Some We Knew.”


From a pre-1940 Lucky Bag

Arthur died on January 30, 1945 while in a Japanese prison camp. He had been a member of USS Otus (AS 20); however, it's unclear how he was captured, since that ship was not sunk and did not come in contact with an enemy capable of capturing any of her crew.

His parents were listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a brother. He was a member of the Signal Corps. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and entered the service from New York City, New York.

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Ensign Arthur Barton Cross (NSN: 0-109016), United States Navy, a member of the crew of the U.S.S. OTUS (AS-20), was captured by the Japanese in the Philippine Islands on or about 10 December 1941, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death of Acute Enteritis on or about 30 January 1945.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: December 10, 1941 - January 30, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands & Japan)

Class of 1940

Arthur is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.