RALPH M. GRISWOLD, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ralph Griswold '02

Date of birth: August 8, 1881

Date of death: January 20, 1929

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1902 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Ralph was lost when the gig he was aboard collided with a barge and then sank near Balboa, Panama, on January 20, 1929. He was returning to USS Whitney (AD 4) from shore leave.

He was survived by his wife and two daughters; Ralph is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Career

He was commanding officer of USS Colorado (Cruiser No. 7) for some portion of 1916.

In the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1929 he is listed as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 9, Scouting Fleet. The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1930 gives his date of death but no other information. The 1929 Navy Directory lists his flagship as USS Dallas.

Navy Cross

From Home of Heroes:

Griswold, Ralph M.
Commander, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer, U.S.S. Kroonland
Date Of Action: World War I

Citation:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Commander Ralph M. Griswold, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Kroonland, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines.


Class of 1902

Ralph is one of 2 members of the Class of 1902 in Memorial Hall.