From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Murfin, Jr. '07

Date of birth: January 1, 1885

Date of death: June 11, 1907

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1907 Lucky Bag:


Henry was lost when the steam-powered launch he was aboard was run down and sunk on June 11, 1907, in Hampton Roads. He was a passenger returning to the battleship Connecticut, which he was stationed aboard, from the Jamestown Exposition.

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Philip Field '06, William Stevenson '06, Walter Ulrich '07, Herbert Holden '07, and Franklin Holcomb '07 were also drowned in this incident.

Memorial Hall Error

Henry was a midshipman at the time of his loss; Memorial Hall lists him as an Ensign. There is no evidence of a posthumous promotion.

Class of 1907

Henry is one of 13 members of the Class of 1907 on Virtual Memorial Hall.