MARCUS ERWIN, JR., ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23

Date of birth: April 25, 1901

Date of death: June 12, 1924

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Marcus was lost on June 12, 1924 when USS Mississippi (BB 41)'s No. 2 turret exploded during gunnery practice off the coast of California.

He is buried in California, the inscription on his headstone: "Ensign Marcus Erwin, Son of Marcus Erwin and Susan Hall Erwin met his death at his post of duty on USS Mississippi. He gave his life that others might live. A loving obedient son, a brave patriotic officer. U.S.N." He was survived by his parents and two sisters.

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Thomas Zellars '21 and William McCrea '22 were also lost in this explosion.


Class of 1923

Marcus is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 in Memorial Hall.