From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Murchison, Jr. '45

Date of birth: 1921

Date of death: December 31, 1946

Age: 25

Naval Academy Register

John Darrach Murchison, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from California on June 27, 1941 at age 20 years 5 months.

Lucky Bag

John Darrach Murchison, Jr. is listed among those classmates who did not graduate in June 1944 with the Class of 1945.


From the April 1947 issue of Shipmate:

JOHN DARRACH MURCHISON, JR. '45, (Ens. USN). Died on 31 December 1946 as a result of a plane crash during snowstorm near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

In the June 1946 issue: "JOHN D. MURCHISON, (Ens. USNR) gives his duty address as VB 82, c/o FPO, New York, N.Y." Register of Alumni gives only a date of death, December 31, 1946. The Alumni Association gives the same date, and "Delaware Bay plane crash - body not recovered."

A family genealogy site gives his date of birth as 1921. He is not listed in the 1944 Register of Officers of the Naval Reserve. (There is no scanned and publicly-available corresponding issue in 1945 or 1946.)

Class of 1945

John is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.