JOSEPH A. MURPHY, CAPT, USN (RET.)

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Murphy '09

Date of birth: December 20, 1887

Date of death: February 28, 1942

Age: 54

Lucky Bag

From the 1909 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Joseph was lost on February 28, 1942 when the Qantas flying boat he was aboard was shot down by a Japanese bomber over the Java Sea while en route from Java to Broome, Australia. He was a naval observer to the Netherlands East Indies, and was aboard with the Consul-General for the Netherlands in Malaya and several of his staff and their families.

The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1942 lists him as attaining the rank of Captain on August 17, 1928, of retiring on June 30, 1937, and of having 1 year, 7 months, 7 days of active service since retirement.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by at least one son, Joseph, Jr. He is listed on the killed in action panel in Memorial Hall.

Career

Joseph was commanding officer of USS Hopkins (Destroyer No. 6) from December 1914 to September 1916 and of USS Melvin (DD 335) from October 1926 to July 1927.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Joseph Augustine Murphy, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Assistant to the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery during World War I.

Service: Navy
Division: Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Joseph Augustine Murphy, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Naval Observer at Sandakan, British North Borneo, and the Netherlands East Indies, on 1 March 1942.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 356 (November 1946)
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain

Memorial Hall Error

Joseph was on the retired list, but this is not reflected in Memorial Hall.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1910

Midshipman, California

January 1911

Midshipman, California

January 1912

Ensign, Goldsborough

January 1913

Ensign, Denver

January 1914

Ensign, Paul Jones

January 1915

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Hopkins

Others at this command: ENS Samuel Moore '13.

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Hopkins

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval training station, San Francisco

March 1918

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Francisco, California

January 1919

Lieutenant Commander, USS Iowa

January 1920

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Squadron Force, Pacific Fleet

January 1921

Lieutenant Commander, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Donald Godwin '11, LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS LaRue Lawbaugh '20, and ENS Joseph McGinley '21.

July 1924

Lieutenant Commander, 16th Naval District

September 1924

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

November 1924

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

January 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

March 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

May 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

July 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

October 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

January 1926

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

October 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Melvin

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Melvin

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Melvin

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

January 1928

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

April 1928

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

July 1928

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

October 1928

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

January 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

April 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

July 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

October 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

January 1930

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

April 1930

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

October 1930

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

January 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

April 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

July 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

October 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

January 1932

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

April 1932

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

October 1932

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

January 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

April 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

July 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

October 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

April 1934

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

July 1934

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

October 1934

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

January 1935

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

April 1935

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

October 1935

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21 and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Aviation Unit).

January 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21 and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Aviation Unit).

April 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21 and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35.

July 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS Forrest Simoneau '36, and ENS John Hays '36.

January 1937

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS Forrest Simoneau '36, and ENS John Hays '36.

April 1937

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS Forrest Simoneau '36, and ENS John Hays '36.

September 1937

retired as CDR June 30, 1937

July 1938

Commander, retired, living in Carmel, California

January 1939

Commander, retired, living in Carmel, California

October 1939

Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"

June 1940

Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"

November 1940

Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"


Class of 1909

Joseph is one of 10 members of the Class of 1909 on Virtual Memorial Hall.