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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: July 6, 1943
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1943 Griffin LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Detroit, Michigan

After two years at the University of Detroit, Griff was lured away by the call of the sea—the record he has made here at the academy leaves his decision above reproach. Besides starring, Joe always found time for company Softball, a little lacrosse, and a smashing but slightly erratic game of tennis. Though he satisfied temptation by a periodic fling with a steak dinner, nothing of that nature occurred in the way of wine, women, and song—it is feared that Griff will leave us as the same homespun, exemplary, unassuming, yet diverting and good natured friend in need that we have known him to be.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Joseph was lost when USS Helena (CL 50) was sunk on July 6, 1943 by multiple torpedoes in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

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