From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Crook '36

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: August 16, 1942

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Joseph was lost when the transport aircraft he was aboard went missing on August 16, 1942; it was one of three enroute from Kodiak, Alaska to Seattle via Whitehorse, BC, Canada. He was not the pilot, but unclear if he was co-pilot or just a passenger. The aircraft was never located, and all 14 passengers and crew were declared dead a year and a day following their disappearance. The aircraft was a part of Transport Squadron (VR) 2.

From Wartime Press, this undated passage:

Plane With 14 Missing in Alaska - A U.S. Navy plane with a crew of four and ten passengers enroute from Kodiak to Whitehorse, Alaska was reported overdue by the Navy Department, which notified next of kin of those aboard that the crew and passengers were missing. The flight was a routine one from Kodiak to Seattle, Wash. Three planes started on the trip and were forced to fly by instrument soon after taking off. Two made their way through the bad weather to Whitehorse. Naval aircraft have been making searches for the missing plane and other agencies were asked to assist in the search.

Those aboard the missing plane were Commander Joyce A. Ralph, USN; Lieut. Comdrs. Burton Lee Doggett, USN, Jerome H. Sparbo. USNR and Paul H. Tobelman, USN; Captain Arthur Barrows. USMC; Lieuts. Joseph A. Crook, USN and Thomas E. Johnson. Jr. (ChC), USN; Lieuts. (j.g.) Thomas G. Cherikos, USNR. Charles E. Deterding, USN and Jay A. Noble, Jr.. USN: Ensign Charles L. Mixon, USNR; Charles E. Barber. ACRM. USN; H. A. Scott, ACRM, USN, and C O. Walton, AMM2c. USN.

His father was listed as next of kin.

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Charles Deterding, Jr. '40 and Jay Noble, Jr. '40 were also lost in this crash.

Class of 1936

Joseph is one of 38 members of the Class of 1936 in Memorial Hall.