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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 31, 1921
Date of death: April 21, 1947
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Benjamin Decherd Vaughan

Sewanee, Tennessee

Acutely Southern, and sensibly good-humored, Ben had no trouble in getting along with everybody, except when they couldn't decipher his Tennessee drawl. His long, drawn-out "yassuh" astonished many a "prof" in the section room, and he was seldom asked from what part of the country he came. "Blondie" lived a quiet life in Bancroft, and no one can claim that he was liberty hound or chow hound or any kind of hound. His "N" in gym and his Radio and Model Club Activity kept him well out of the shadows of obscurity. The fourth platoon will miss Vaughan; the Fleet will undoubtedly be glad to have him around.

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.


Benjamin was lost when his airplane crashed "at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville" on April 21, 1947. He was survived by his brother and two sisters.

He is buried in Florida.

The article noted he served as a deck officer aboard USS Cabot (CVL 28) in the Pacific during World War II before earning his wings in February 1946.

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