From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Graham, Sr. '40

Date of birth: December 10, 1917

Date of death: April 11, 1945

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Hank was lost when his F4U-4 Corsair was shot down while attacking targets in Tokunoshima (near Okinawa) on April 11, 1945. He was a member of Bombing Fighting Squadron (VBF) 83, flying from USS Essex (CV 9).

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Henry F. Graham, Sr. (NSN: 0-85210), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot and Division Leader over Kyushu, Japan, from 18 March 1945 to 11 April 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: March 18 - April 11, 1945
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Memorial Hall Error

Henry is listed as "Sr." in most records but not in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1940

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