RAY O. PENROD, LTJG, USN
Birthdate & Date of Loss
|Date of birth:||July 4, 1917|
|Date of death:||October 15, 1942|
From the 1941 Lucky Bag:
RAY OLIVER PENROD
Good old Penny, the fellow with the ready smile and even disposition—everyone's friend. He is almost six feet tall, well built, and nice enough looking to change girls at the first of every month. Where he gets them, no one knows, but on the first day of every month the postman begins bringing letters on a different shade of stationery.
Penny didn't specialize in any one sport but rather played them all. He is always on hand for battalion football and baseball, but baseball is his pride and joy. His home is Anna, Illinois, and he terms himself a country boy at heart—and proud of it. Academically, Penny has had one close call and that in his first year at the Academy.
He has the reputation of being one of the best dancers in the Academy. He is always ready for a party or a gab-fest and is always in the center of all the activity. He is a real shipmate—one you will always remember and certainly one who will never forget you.
Battalion Baseball 4, 3; Company Softball 2; Battalion Football 4, 3, 2; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; Black N.
The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.
Ray was lost when USS Meredith (DD 434) was sunk by Japanese air attack on October 15, 1942.
His wife was listed as next of kin.
Ray's memory marker in Illinois says he was serving as Chief Engineer.
|Class of 1941|
|Ray is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.|
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