From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Thomas '43

Date of birth: August 5, 1920

Date of death: November 8, 1944

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Francis was lost when USS Growler (SS 215) was sunk by Japanese surface vessels on November 8, 1944 in the South China Sea.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


Francis was on the commissioning crew of USS Dace (SS 247) in July 1943.

William Williams '43 was aboard Growler but was killed in action (February 7, 1943) before Francis reported aboard.

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Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 and Norman Naylor ’43 were also lost when Growler was sunk.

Class of 1943

Francis is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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