From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Arthur Newman '34

Date of birth: February 7, 1911

Date of death: February 18, 1942

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:


Arthur was lost when USS Truxtun (DD 229) grounded in Newfoundland on February 18, 1942. He was the ship's executive officer.

The book "Standing Into Danger" by Cassie Brown detail's Truxtun's loss, as well as the loss of USS Pollux (AKS 2) and USS Wilkes (DD 441). The website "Dead Reckoning: The Pollux-Truxtun Disaster" is also devoted to the topic.

His wife was listed as next of kin; Arthur was also survived by a daughter, Floranne Hope Newman, his parents, two sisters, and a brother (who graduated with the class of 1946). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Arthur L. Newman, United States Navy, for heroic conduct as Executive Officer of the U.S.S. TRUXTON when she foundered off the coast of Newfoundland on 18 February 1942. Lieutenant Newman exposed himself to powerful wind and subzero temperature to carry out all orders. His self-sacrificing efforts on behalf of others were largely responsible for the rescue of those who survived the eventual destruction of the TRUXTON.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 334 (January 1945)
Action Date: February 18, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Executive Officer
Division: U.S.S. Truxton

Early Life

From the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), 25 Feb 1942:

Lieutenant Newman attended Seneca Falls elementary schools and was graduated from Mynderse Academy, Seneca Falls, with honors in 1929. He immediately enlisted in the Navy and after spending a year in the Naval Preparatory School at Annapolis was admitted to the Naval Academy…. He had seen service in Hawaii and along the Pacific Coast. Lieutenant Newman was married in 1936.


Arthur began his career in USS Arizona (BB 39) according to the 1934 Navy Directory. By the 1935 Navy Directory's publish date he had moved to USS Biddle (DD 151); in 1936 and 1937 he was aboard USS Tillman (DD 135).

In the 1938, 1939, 1940, and 1941 Navy Directories he is listed as a LTjg and serving with USS Brooklyn (CL 40).

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Elmer D. Anderson '35, James W. Danforth '38, and Ralph Hickox '27 were also lost when the Truxton was grounded.

Class of 1934

Arthur is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.