JOSEPH S. GRIFFIN, LTJG, USN
Joseph Griffin '43
Date of birth: June 13, 1920
Date of death: July 6, 1943
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
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.
From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":
Griff was born on 13 June 1920 in Detroit, Michigan. He was appointed from Michigan and entered the Academy on June 1939. After graduation he reported for duty aboard the cruiser USS HELENA. On 10 August 1943 the HELENA was lost with Griff as the result of torpedo attack by enemy ships in the Kula Gulf. He wore the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign medals. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Pauline Sebastian Griffin who lived at 921-24th Street, Detroit Michigan at Griff's death.