JOSEPH S. GRIFFIN, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Griffin '43

Date of birth: June 13, 1920

Date of death: July 6, 1943

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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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Elmer Buerkle '25, John Mooney, Jr. '35, and Arthur Yeates, Jr. '38 were also lost when Helena was sunk. Charles Cecil '16, the ship's commanding officer, survived only to be lost later in the war.


Class of 1943

Joseph is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.