From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Burcham '42

Date of birth: December 9, 1920

Date of death: October 7, 1946

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

Richard Lusk Burcham resigned on February 18, 1939 because he was “deficient in studies, first term’s work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign.”

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Richard's life or loss. He is buried in Oregon; Find A Grave indicates his place of death was Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona.

Memorial Hall Error

Richard is listed as a member of the US Air Force in Memorial Hall; however, this organization did not exist until after his death. Should probably be US Army Air Forces, though could be US Army Air Corps.

Class of 1942

Richard is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.