From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Graham Fitch '23

Date of birth: February 26, 1903

Date of death: December 17, 1927

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Graham was lost on December 17, 1927 when USS S-4 (SS 109) sank immediately following a collision with USCG Paulding (CG 17) near Cape Code, Massachusetts.

He and five others were closed off in the forward torpedo room. They communicated with rescuers via morse code tapping on the hull before ultimately succumbing to asphyxiation.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His headstone bears the inscription: "Death is swallowed up in victory."

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William Callaway '11, Roy Jones '16, Joseph McGinley '21, and Donald Weller '23 were also lost when S-4 sank.

Class of 1923

Graham is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.