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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 19, 1923
Date of death: July 12, 1963
Age: 40

Lucky Bag

1945 Bolger LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Joseph Francis Bolger, Jr.

Adams, Massachusetts

The "Coronado Kid" signed away his life not only to see the world but to see it most transiently—by air. "Jose's" aspiration to win his wings the hard way, via N. A., is at least in sight, and his eyes are still 20-20 thanks to those vitamin pills and eye charts. Although demure in his manner, Joe from time to time steps into the limelight. Plebe year saw him blow up the Chemistry laboratory and get away with it—well almost, anyway. Youngster year new Plebes anxiously consulted his 5000 card index reference file on naval subjects. First class year has yet to bear fruit, but "The Saga of a Miniature" is striving hard for a first.

Battalion Pushball 3, 1; Sailing 3, 1

He was a member of the 3rd Battalion staff (2nd set).

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Joseph was lost when the F3H Demon fighter he was piloting crashed while landing aboard USS Oriskany (CVA 34) on July 12, 1963. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

He is included on the In Memoriam page of the USS Oriskany (CVA 34) WestPac Cruise Book 1963-64.


His father was a 1921 graduate, retired a Rear Admiral, and was twice awarded the Navy Cross for his actions as Commanding Officer of USS Intrepid (CV 11) during World War II.

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Donald Hall '45, Charles McBride '45, John Beahan '45, and John Lusby '45 were also in 14th Company.

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Joseph is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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