EDGAR G. CHASE, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edgar Chase '32

Date of birth: September 12, 1910

Date of death: October 17, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Captioned simply "off to war."

Edgar was lost on October 17, 1942, two days after USS Meredith (DD 434) was sunk by Japanese air attack. He and dozens of other survivors had not been rescued; he "had become increasingly disoriented, the result of the concussion he had sustained from a bomb explosion on the ship. Early on the second day, he stood up in the raft and said, "I think I'll get some cigarettes." Before he could be restrained, he dove off, swam away, and was never seen again."

Edgar was the ship's executive officer; he had been engineering officer when the ship was commissioned. His wartime experience and actions are included in "The Short Life of a Valiant Ship: USS Meredith (DD434)" by Barry Friedman and Robert Robinson.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a young son.

His memorial is in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

Namesake

USS Edgar G. Chase (DE 16) was named for Edgar.


Class of 1932

Edgar is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.