ROBERT J. P. MURPHY, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Robert Murphy '45

Date of birth: November 25, 1920

Date of death: October 13, 1949

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

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Robert James Patrick Murphy

Superior, Wisconsin

He ambled in with the rest of the crowd,
He was really a sight to behold.
How he balanced himself on those bow-legs
Is a secret he never has told.
"A bow-legged Irishman," we said "from out West;
Just fresh from his saddle and girth."
We were wrong, so we learned
Ere the first day had turned—
Wisconsin was the state of his birth. If you craved an argument, pie race or fib
"Murf" was the man for the task.
He could rave on for ours, no script, just ad lib.
In the limelight he sure loved to bask.
Now don't get us wrong, "Murf" is tops.
His friendliness, loyalty, and spunk
Are traits that we find
Make us all like his kind
The rest of his stuff is all bunk.

Company Football 3, 1945; Orchestra 4; Trident 4; Reception Committee 3


The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

1945 Murphy LB.jpg

Robert James Patrick Murphy

Superior, Wisconsin

He ambled in with the rest of the crowd,
He was really a sight to behold.
How he balanced himself on those bow-legs
Is a secret he never has told.
"A bow-legged Irishman," we said "from out West;
Just fresh from his saddle and girth."
We were wrong, so we learned
Ere the first day had turned—
Wisconsin was the state of his birth. If you craved an argument, pie race or fib
"Murf" was the man for the task.
He could rave on for ours, no script, just ad lib.
In the limelight he sure loved to bask.
Now don't get us wrong, "Murf" is tops.
His friendliness, loyalty, and spunk
Are traits that we find
Make us all like his kind
The rest of his stuff is all bunk.

Company Football 3, 1945; Orchestra 4; Trident 4; Reception Committee 3


The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Robert was lost when his AD Skyraider collided with a squadron-mate's on October 13, 1949, over the Pacific approximately 65 miles northwest of San Francisco.

From the January 1950 issue of Shipmate:

It is with deep regret that I report the death of Bob Murphy. Murph was killed as the result of a crash at sea off San Francisco, following a mid-air collision during gunnery practice. I spent three years with Murph in the same company and all those that knew him will never forget him. That Irish face and sense of humor won and kept Murph a host of friends. He is survived by his wife, Joy Leone Murphy, and three children. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Murphy of Superior, Wisconsin.

Robert was a member of the Attack Squadron (VA) 195, based at Alameda Naval Air Station.

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Robert Thomsen '45 and Phillip Harward '45 were also in 7th Company.


Class of 1945

Robert is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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