From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Melvin Radcliffe '35

Date of birth: October 10, 1912

Date of death: May 7, 1942

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Melvin was lost when USS Sims (DD 409) was sunk by Japanese dive bombers on May 7, 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was the Gunnery Officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

(Note some newspaper articles cite him as a LCDR; there are no official sources with this rank.)

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His brother, Dorrance Radcliffe '38, was killed in action in Korea.

Memorial Hall Error

His name is incorrectly spelled ("Radcliff") on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1935

Melvin is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.