From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Owen Murphy '43

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: unknown

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.”

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.


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 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.