From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frederick McElroy '22

Date of birth: October 4, 1900

Date of death: August 26, 1943

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:

Life & Loss

Frederick died at the Pacific Area Mobile Hospital No. 5 (Noumea, New Caledonia) shortly after midnight on August 26, 1943 of "stab wounds received on the night of 25 August 1943."

The December 1943 issue of Shipmate has the same date and hospital information but "not enemy action" as the cause.

His interment at Noumea was recorded the day after his death in the same war diary (that of the United States Pacific Fleet South Pacific Force Service Squadron).

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Frederick was commanding officer of USS Bittern (AM 36) from December 28, 1929 to April 15, 1932.

He was in charge of the communications office of the 15th Naval District (Panama Canal) in 1939.

The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1943 lists him with the following explanatory notes: "17. Completed Naval War College junior course; 18-a. Completed Naval War College correspondence course in international law; 31. "Completed course in torpedo instruction."

Class of 1922

Frederick is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.