From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Sheehan '23

Date of birth: January 23, 1900

Date of death: December 27, 1934

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Joseph, left, with his commanding officer (William Ware) on the bridge of USS O-3. February 4, 1930.

From Arlington National Cemetery:

HONOLULU - December 27, 1934 - Lieutenant Joseph Thomas Sheehan, U.S.N., attached to the USS Beaver, was found dead here today with his throat slashed. The police said it apparently was a case of suicide.

A real estate man found the body in a vacant house next door to Lieuenant Sheehan's residence. Mrs. Sheehan identified the body as that of her husband. Naval authorities began an investigation.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery; he was survived by his wife, parents, and five siblings.

Memorial Hall Error

Joseph's loss is tragic, but he should not be listed in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1923

Joseph is one of 24 members of the Class of 1923 in Memorial Hall.