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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 13, 1917
Date of death: March 28, 1945
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

1939 Shepherd LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:



Johnny, Junior

Outside of the Navy, John has one ambition. That is to inherit a million dollars. However, in these days of mounting taxes, it is probable that even if someone did leave him the money, he would still be depending on his ration allowance for meals. He attended the University of Virginia for two years, and took two re-exams, which makes it all even. It was at Virginia that he began his boxing career; as a Nyvee fisticuffer he has defeated former schoolmates. The official name for his weight is a bit difficult to remember, but it is one of the lighter weights. So far he has not ruined his profile in the ring, and it continues to stand him in good stead during leaves.

Boxing 4, 2, 1, BNT; M.P.O.


John was lost when USS Trigger (SS 237) was sunk by Japanese surface forces in the East China Sea on March 28, 1945. He was acting executive officer of the boat.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander John Eldon Shepherd, III (NSN: 0-82592), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Torpedo Data Computer Operator in the U.S.S. TRIGGER (SS-237), during the NINTH War Patrol of that Submarine from 23 March 1944 to 15 May 1944. His skill and ability in operating the Torpedo Data Computer enabled him to furnish his Commanding Officer with accurate attack data, thereby contributing directly to the success of his vessel in sinking four enemy passenger-freighters and one destroyer totaling 33,200 tons, and damaging four additional enemy ships totaling 18,050 tons. His efficiency and coolness during severe enemy countermeasures greatly assisted his ship in conducting successful evasive tactics. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 06666 (November 17, 1944
Action Date: March 23 - May 15, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Torpedo Data Computer Operator
Division: U.S.S. Trigger (SS-237)

He was also awarded the Bronze Star medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal; unable to find citations.

Class Navigation

Class of 1939
John is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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