From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Elwood Cobey, Jr. '41

Date of birth: February 19, 1919

Date of death: April 29, 1943

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Elwood Alexander Cobey, Jr. was the son of an officer in the US Navy. In 1936, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He graduated in March of 1941. The graduation, that year, was pushed up from June, to 7 February, 1941, because of the efforts being made to expand the Navy.

On 7 December, 1941, then Ensign E.A. Cobey was aboard the destroyer USS Breese, moored on the dock at Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor. Anti-aircraft fire from the Breese was credited with damaging several Japanese aircraft and at least one midget submarine, but the Breese and it's crew were unharmed.

Newspaper article: Evening Star (Washington, DC), April 30, 1943

Lt. Elwood A. Cobey, Jr., U.S.N., son of Capt. Cobey, of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, who lives at 3201 Thirty-third place N.W., was killed in a plane crash yesterday near the Dallas (Tex.) Naval Air Station, the Associated Press reported.

Lt. Cobey was born in Washington in 1919. After attending public schools he went to Sidwell Friends School, where he played on the football team, and then went to the Naval Academy, graduating in 1941. Lt. Cobey served on a destroyer and then was detailed to the Dallas Air Station.

He is survived by his parents and two sisters, the Misses Betty B. Cobey, a senior at Sidwell Friends School, and Margaret B. Cobey, a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1941

Elwood is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.