MALCOLM LAWTY, LTJG, USNR
Malcolm Lawty '43
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: June 4, 1944
Malcolm Lawty is listed with 195 others below this inscription:
NOT ALL OF US who joined the Class of '43 stayed with us to that one broad stripe. Many fell at the end of plebe year, the casualty list mounted at the end of youngster year and a very few left us when the course was almost run. Reasons were varied and diverse: academic tangles, physical disabilities, civilian leanings.... Many went into civilian occupations, some were drafted, others became flyers and a few volunteered for foreign military service. Some left us early, many stayed for a long while, but none will be forgotten.
According to the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1940-1941 he left on March 8, 1940 because he was “Deficient in studies, first term's work. Continued with class pending reexamination. Reexamined and again deficient. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign.”
The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.
Malcolm was lost while flying a TBM-1C Avenger from USS Kitkun Bay (CVE 71) on June 4, 1944 in the Central Pacific. Unable to find exact details.
His wife was listed as next of kin.
Memorial Hall Error
His name is spelled incorrectly as "Malcolmb" on the killed in action scroll in Memorial Hall; it is spelled correctly on the Class of 1943 panel.