From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Owen Murphy '43

Date of birth: 1919

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 23

Naval Academy Register

Owen Sylvester Murphy, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on July 7, 1939 at age 20 years 3 months.

Lucky Bag

Owen Sylvester Murphy, Jr., 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.”


Owen was lost when USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk on November 13 by Japanese submarine I-26 at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. All but ten men perished in the initial sinking or in the 8 days before they were rescued.

Class of 1943

Owen is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.