From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Pfaeffle Simpson, Jr. '44

Date of birth: December 26, 1921

Date of death: May 6, 1946

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


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."

Class of 1944

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