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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 2, 1919
Date of death: February 26, 1944
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1943 Phillips LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Manchester, New Hampshire

Although usually quiet and reserved, but determined as the solid granite of his native Green Mountains, Mel would argue with everyone on any subject. And usually you could be sure he was right. Activities of the Math and Radio Clubs took much of his time. Plebe year, he was a member of the small bore rifle team. Every spring, when not on the sub squad, he could be found at the baseball field, earning his "N" as manager. He was a diligent worker on the Lucky Bag staff. When not writing to his O.A.O. in Vermont, Mel, a star man, could be found more than willing to aid his less savvy classmates.

He was commander of 16th Company for the first set, was manager of the baseball team, and was a member of the Lucky Bag staff.

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.


Melvin was lost when USS Grayback (SS 208) was sunk by a Japanese aircraft on February 24, 1944 in the East China Sea.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

On Eternal Patrol lists him as a recipient of the Bronze Star; unable to find a citation.

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Class of 1943
Melvin is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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