From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Mayo '45

Date of birth: 1921

Date of death: December 21, 1945

Age: 24

Naval Academy Register

Joseph Sherwood Mayo was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on July 16, 1941 at age 19 years 11 months.

He resigned on February 11, 1943. "Deficient in studies. Reexamined and again deficient. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign."


Midshipman 4/c Mayo in the 1943 Lucky Bag.

Joseph was lost on December 21, 1945 when his plane crashed near Escondido, California in dense fog. (The September 1946 issue of Shipmate, incorrectly, gives a plane crash near NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida.) He was returning home to Stockton, California on a furlough. He and his father were members of the Masonic Lodge in Stockton.

Unable to find burial location.

Memorial Fund

The Ensign Joseph Sherwood Mayo DeMolay Loan Fund was established by Joseph's father in 1953 with $4,500; it provides no-interest loans to "worthy DeMolays, Job's Daughters, Rainbow Girls, members of appendant Masonic groups and Master Masons" to help with their education.


Thanks to Mr. Jerry Saville, Secretary of the Ensign Mayo Loan Fund, for his help in correcting Joseph's page and providing additional information.

Class of 1945

Joseph is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.