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:


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 on Virtual Memorial Hall.