From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Burrow '21

Date of birth: April 16, 1900

Date of death: May 1, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on May 1, 1942 when the United Air Lines aircraft he was aboard crashed into Ensign Peak, Utah, near Salt Lake City.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer on May 3, 1942:

Commander John Giles Burrow and Lieutenant Claire Sheldon Tucker of the navy would not have been aboard the ill-fated ship were Is not for their thoroughness In their work. They had taken reservation on a plane leaving Reno, Nev., Thursday but canceled them to devote another day to Investigating the possibility of establishing naval training station at Pyramid Lake.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


He was commanding officer of USS PHILIP (DD 76) from July 10, 1936 to March 5, 1937. In 1940 he was serving aboard the USS West Virginia as the Damage Control Officer.

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Frederic Vose '22 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1921

John is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.