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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: September 29, 1928
Date of death: April 5, 1959
Age: 30

Lucky Bag

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From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


New Bern, North Carolina

Prior to his enrollment for the fall term at Navy Tech, Griff attended The Citadel long enough to acquire an acute distaste for infantry drill, but not long enough to develop his bobbing gait into anything faintly resembling a military stride. At the Academy New Bern's contribution to Red Mikedom spent the majority of his free time in the handball courts. The rest of his leisure hours were employed in playing bad golf, reading good novels, and dreaming up practical jokes. His college training enabled him to stand well in academics and help those of his classmates who had more trouble with the books than he did. His serious side and ambition should enable him to enjoy a successful career in Naval aviation.


From USNA 1950:

Griff served aboard USS Boxer (CV-21). Following flight training he joined VF-54 at NAS, Miramar, CA. He was with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Three at the Naval Air Facility, Elizabeth City, NC, as a pilot, legal officer and assistant personnel officer in 1954-1956. He instructed Plebe math in 1957. He was released from active duty and joined the Clevite Corp., Washington, DC. He was an active member of the Naval Reserve Unit at Anacostia, and was killed when his plane exploded on a landing approach to Patuxent River NAS.

The date of his loss was April 5, 1959; he is buried in North Carolina. He was survived by his wife, at at least one daughter, who was only 18 months old at the time of his loss. (Family information via email on October 14, 2017.)


From the Martinsville Bulletin on April 6, 1959:

Crash Toll Climbs to 4
PATUXENT, Md. (AP)—The fourth victim of a Navy reserve plane crash here died this morning in Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Seaman Anthony X. Miller, 24, of Washington died at 2:10 a.m. He had been the only survivor of a Sunday crash that killed three other Washington reservists: Lt. W.A. Atwell, 35, Lt. Ellegood V. Griffin, 30, and Airman Carlin O. Proctor Jr., 22.

Their plane, a submarine tracker, crashed and exploded during a practice instrument landing at the Patuxent Naval Air test center. The men had taken off from Anacostia Navy Base early Sunday on a routine flight. After the crash, a helicopter flew Miller to Bethesda for treatment.

He has a memorial plaque in Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at Section 27, Row 9, Seat 13:

1928 - 1959

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