From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Philip Ashworth '31

Date of birth: September 11, 1908

Date of death: November 17, 1938

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Philip was lost on November 17, 1938 in a seaplane crash at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Another man aboard was killed, three were injured, and one was uninjured.

The Navy Directory of 1938 lists him as a member of Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

He was married in 1932; they had at least one daughter, who was married in 1955.

One of Philip's brothers, Frederick, graduated the Naval Academy in 1933 and went on to a long and distinguished career in the Navy, retiring as a Vice Admiral. Frederick was the weaponeer aboard the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, and later was Commandant of Midshipmen and then Commander, Sixth Fleet.

Class of 1931

Philip is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.