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:


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

From Detroit Free Press on August 5, 1943:

An honor graduate of Holy Redeemer High School, Griffin attended St. Anne's School and the University of Detroit Engineering School prior to his appointment to Annapolis in 1939. After graduating from Annapolis with distinction, he was commissioned lieutenant (j.g.) on May 1, 1943, and immediately assigned to duty aboard the Helena. He participated in all major engagements in the Solomons aboard the Helena and wore a campaign bar with three gold stars.

He was survived by his parents.

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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 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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