From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jack Griffith '44

Date of birth: March 1, 1920

Date of death: July 4, 1952

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

USNA Class of 1944, Lieutenant Griffith was as the pilot of a F9F-2 Pantherjet fighter with Fighter Squadron 24 aboard the USS BOXER (CV-21). On July 4, 1952, while serving as a photographic escort south of Wonsan, Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on May 25, 1954.

For his leadership and valor, Lieutenant Griffith was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Combat Service Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Jack Walter Griffith (NSN: 0-283413), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron TWENTY-FOUR (VF-24), embarked in U.S.S. BOXER (CV-21), on 16 June 1952.

General Orders: All Hands (February 1953)
Action Date: June 16, 1952
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24)
Division: U.S.S. Boxer (CV-21)


A different Find A Grave page has his date of birth as April 1.

Class of 1944

Jack is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.