From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Welch '23

Date of birth: July 15, 1901

Date of death: January 10, 1945

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when the Japanese "Hell Ship" he was aboard, Enoura Maru, was bombed on January 9, 1945 while docked at Takao.

He had earlier survived the bombing of the Oryoku Maru on December 15 in Subic Bay.

John was on Corregidor when that island surrendered; before then he was serving on the submarine tender USS Canopus (AS 9) before that ship was scuttled on April 10, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a daughter.

It's unclear how John was only a Lieutenant. Perhaps he left the service for a time?

(Note: Some listings have his date of death in December 1944; believe it more likely that he died in January.)

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant John L. Welch (NSN: 0-58274), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant

Class of 1923

John is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 in Memorial Hall.