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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: May 6, 1946
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Pfaeffle Simpson, Jr.

San Diego, California

A natural "saviness" and a will to work enabled Kirk to steer well clear of the clutches of the Academic Departments and to devote much of his time to recreation. Dragging was his chief hobby, and he was seldom absent from any hop or informal. Sailing experience, gained on the shores of sunny California, gave him a berth on the varsity sailing team. He entered the service with more than the necessary attributes of a successful naval officer. Kirk left the Academy with an enviable record; and what was more important he maintained the high aspirations with which he joined us plebe summer.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From San Diego State University:

A graduate of Hoover High and a 1945 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, Lt. Pfaeffle K. Simpson had attended San Diego State from 1938 to 1940. At age 25, he had a wife, Shirley, and a daughter, Sherry Lynn. His father, Pfaeffle Simpson Sr., was also a Navy lieutenant. A pilot in training, on May 6, 1946 during dive bomber practice his plane’s tail tore off resulting in a fatal crash at 2:55 pm 10 miles from NAS Jacksonville (Florida). His body was cremated and buried at sea.

His daughter was only one year old at the time of his loss; he was also survived by his parents, grandparents, and a sister, Jean.


There's a brief newspaper report on Pfaeffle promotion to LT in July 1945, and how his dad was also a LT. Pfaeffle was stationed in Pensacola, Florida at the time, "taking flight training."

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Class of 1944
Pfaeffle is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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