From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Earl Lapidus '32

Date of birth: March 24, 1911

Date of death: April 8, 1945

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


From the March 1997 issue of Shipmate:

Here's a story of hard luck with real perseverance: Earl Lapidus had to resign on graduation. So he joined the Naval Reserve. (They let me in, too—the Reserve doctors were lenient.) When his division was called up, he was once more rejected. Undaunted, he joined the Army and became a captain. His duty took him to SOUWESPAC; he ended up in Leyte, contracted malaria and died.


From Find A Grave:

Earl Lapidus Dead
First Lieut. Earl Lapidus, 35, a former Omahan, died in the South Pacific April 8, the War Department has notified his mother, Mrs. Harry Lapidus of Los Angeles, Cal.

A graduate of Annapolis, he had received a medical discharge from the Navy, and had been employed as the secretary and general manager of the Omaha Fixture and Supply Company before entering the Army in May 1942. He had been overseas with the Engineer Corps two years.

Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, S. Sgt. Lester, USA, and a sister, Mrs. Estelle Stalmaster of Los Angeles, Cal.

Earl was serving in the Pentagon in April, 1943.

Earl was a member of the 562d Engineer Boat Maintenance Battalion, which is mentioned throughout this history.

He is buried in Nebraska.

Bronze Star

No citation found for the Bronze Star mentioned here; the period of action cited was 23 November 1944 - 7 April 1945 near Leyte, Philippines.

Class of 1932

Earl is one of 53 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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