From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Fred Cannon, Jr. '40

Date of birth: 1916

Date of death: September 15, 1942

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

Fred Beatty Cannon, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from West Virginia on June 15, 1936 at age 19 years 10 months.

He resigned on March 12, 1937.

Lucky Bag

Fred Beatty Cannon, Jr. is listed on the page titled “And Some We Knew.”


Fred was lost when USS Wasp (CV 7) was sunk by a Japanese submarine on September 15, 1942.

His parents were listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in West Virginia.

He is not listed in the July 1941 edition of "Commissioned Officers, Cadets, Midshipmen, and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval Reserve."

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall is listed without "Jr." on the Class of 1940 panel, and also as a LTJG; all other references (and his headstone) have ENS. He was also a member of the Naval Reserve; Memorial Hall has USN.

"Jr." is present on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1940

Fred is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.