RANDOLPH B. BOYER, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Randolph Boyer '27

Date of birth: August 31, 1903

Date of death: August 16, 1947

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Raldolph was lost on August 16, 1947 when the converted B-17 he was aboard crashed approximately 65 miles from Pearl Harbor while enroute to Japan. He was a member of "General MacArthur's strategic and operations staff."

Also lost were nine others, including Ambassador George C. Atcheson, Jr., the chief political advisor and the chairman of the allied powers council in Japan.

Randolph was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, two sisters, and two brothers. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Randolph Burton Boyer, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. MORRIS (DD-417), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942. After enemy bombs and torpedoes had seriously damaged the task force carrier resulting in raging fires and a dangerous list on that vessel, Lieutenant Commander Boyer skillfully brought his ship alongside in a most seamanlike manner to assist in fighting fires on board with every means at his command. Although driven away by further enemy air attacks, he repeatedly returned to the side of the stricken carrier to continue rendering effective assistance. Later he maneuvered in the vicinity of the ship to evacuate and rescue survivors. His gallantry and intrepidity in action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Southern Pacific Fleet: Serial 0029 (January 7, 1943)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Unable to find a citation for the Bronze Star listed on his headstone.


Class of 1927

Randolph is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 in Memorial Hall.