From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Cottrell '31

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: January 6, 1945

Age: unknown

Naval Academy Register

George Dale Cottrell was admitted to the Naval Academy from Nebraska on June 30, 1927 at age 19 years 11 months. He resigned on June 7, 1928.


George was one of 44 men lost on January 6, 1945 aboard USS California (BB 44) in a kamikaze attack. The ship was providing shore bombardment at Lingayen Gulf.

George is remembered at a memorial at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

No next of kin was listed, though his home was given as North Hollywood, California. Unable to find any information on what he did following his Naval Academy resignation or wartime service.

Memorial Hall Error

On the killed in action panel, George's middle name is incorrectly spelled "Dole."

Class of 1931

George is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.