From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Cottrell '31

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: January 6, 1945

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

George Dale Cottrell was aged 19 years 11 months when he was admitted to the Naval Academy from Nebraska on June 30, 1927. (Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1927-1928) 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.

Class of 1931

George is one of 50 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.