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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: October 13, 1949
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1945 Murphy LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

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.


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.

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

Class Navigation

Class of 1945
Robert is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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