BOND MURRAY, ENS, USNR

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 6, 1918
Date of death: July 2, 1942
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

Bond Murray is one of the names listed below this passage:

These are the men who have been at one time members of the Class of Nineteen Hundred Forty-one, but for various reasons—often things over which they had no control—they did not remain to finish with us. Some of them are now in civilian life, and to them we with all the success that life can offer. Others are members of classes now in the Academy, and for them we hope that our meeting as brother officers in the Service, though delayed, is no less certain of fulfillment.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.

Obituary

From USGW Archives:

Danielsville Monitor, 22 February 1946

MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY FOR ENS. BOND MURRAY

Memorial Services for Ens. Bond Murray were held last Sunday monring at 11:00 o'clock at the Danielsville Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Rev. A. E. Logan, of Athens, who baptized Bond, conducted the impressive service.

In addition to his parents, Ensign Muffay is survived by a brother Hamil Murray, USNR, now a senior medical student at Emory University, Atlanta.

The 27 year old Navy officer, son of Judge and Mrs. J. T. Murray, members of two of this section's most hight esteemed and widely known families, was previously reported as missing in action. After the required length of time, his status was changed by the Navy and on February 11th his parents were notified by the Department that his name had been placed on the list of those who had given their lives for their country. His death, the official communication from H. Steve Heusen, Acting Secretary of the Navy, said is presumed to have occurred December 17th 1945.

A graduate of Danielsville High School, Ensign Murray attended North Georgia College at Dahlonega for a year and then attended the United States Naval Academy of Annapolis. He was employed by the State Highway Department in Atlanta at the time he went into service in August of 1940. After preliminary training and the customary cruise, he was ordered to Northwestern University where he was commissioned in December of the same year.

Ensign Murray was assigned to duty at Cavite, Phillippine Islands, and sailed from San Francisco in January of 1941, reaching Cavita about February 1st.

He served on the U.S.S. Pigeon under the commander Richard E. Hawes, of Thomson, Ga. until the outbreak of war and then was transferred to Motor Torpedoboat Squadron Three, under command of Commander John D. Bulkeley, one of the most famous squadrons operating in the Pacific.

It was this squadron of Commander Bulkeley's that thrilled the allied world by its daring in evacuating General Douglas MacArthur from Corregidor, and also took to safety President Manuel Quezon from the Phillipines, as well as millions of dollars in gold bullion.

Awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and holder of two Presidential Citations, Ensign Murray was last heard from at Lake Lanoa, Mindanao, where he was in command of an anti-aircraft battery.

For some time he was listed as missing, and a letter from Admiral Randall Jacobs, Chief of Naval Personnel, suggested he was a prisoner of war, mentioning he was serving at Cuba at the time of its capitulation. Admiral Jacobs noted Ensign Murray had orders to be flown to safety if he so desired, but that he refused to take advantage of the offer 'considering it was his duty to stay with his men.'

A letter from commander Bulkeley to Judge and Mrs. Murray cited Ensign Murray's part in the taking to safety of General MacArthur and also of the rescue of President Queson, and said Ensign Murray had received the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action.

Commander Bulkeley reported in his letter that a plane was sent to Lake Lanoa to take out the officer and others, but that the plane was filled with Army nurses when it returned.

Unclear how Bond would have survived the war only to die in December of 1945 via unexplained circumstances; also inconsistent with POW Medal, below. More likely that this is the date the official determination of his fate was made. Also, suspect mention of "Cuba" above is a typo of “Cebu”.

He has a memory marker in Georgia, and his mother was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) to Ensign Bond Murray (NSN: 0-95808), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Executive Officer of Motor Torpedo Boat THIRTY-FIVE (PT-35), Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTB-3), from 11 to 13 March 1942, in the Philippine Islands during a extraordinary action in a retrograde maneuver involving General Douglas MacArthur. With marked skill and coolness, Ensign Murray performed this mission of major strategic importance and of a most hazardous nature in the face of greatly superior enemy forces. His conduct throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Military Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Order No. 43 (March 15, 1942) & Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)
Action Date: March 11 - 13, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Executive Officer
Regiment: Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTB-3)
Division: Motor Torpedo Boat 35 (PT-35)

Prisoner of War

From Hall of Valor:

Ensign Bond Murray (NSN: 0-95808), United States Naval Reserve, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War and subsequently executed by the Japanese on or about 2 July 1942.

General Orders: World War II Prisoners of the Japanese Data Files, created 4/2005 - 10/2007
Action Date: May 6, 1942 - July 2, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)


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