From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Shriver '35

Date of birth: September 28, 1912

Date of death: October 15, 1942

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


The Edward Augustus Shriver Family-1931. Prepared for New Year's Eve festivities at The Netherlands Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio.Photo from Antietam Ancestors, Volume VII, Numbers 2 and 4, Courtesy, Mrs. P.J. Fischer.Left To Right- Miss Margaret Shriver (Mrs. James D. Forbes) Thomas Donald Shriver, Edward A. Shriver, Miss Jane Shriver (Mrs. P. J. Fischer, Mrs E.A. Shriver (NEE Mary Margaret Ripple), Miss Elizabeth Shriver (Mrs. Robert Ritterhoff, Robert James Shriver, and John E. Shriver.

Thomas was lost when USS Meredith (DD 434) was sunk by Japanese air attack on October 15, 1942.

From Find A Grave:

The husband of Julia Blanca Arjona, and he the son of Edward Augustus Shriver and Mary Margaret Ripple.

Child: Margaret Isabel Shriver, died as a child.

Lieutenant Thomas Donald Shriver, graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 1935. While stationed at Caracus, Venezuela, he met Julia Blanca, daughter of Dr. Julio Arjona, the governor of Panama, whom he later married. During the Second World War served as gunnery officer aboard the U.S.S. Meredith. He was buried at sea, but a cenotaph was erected to his memory on the Shriver-Ripple plot on Burns Hill.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

From The Cincinnatti Enquirer on November 26, 1942:

Relatives Are Notified Of Death Of Lieutenant Thomas D. Shriver, Third In Command Aboard Recently Constructed Destroyer.

THOMAS D. SHRIVER. Relatives of Lieutenant Thomas Donald Shriver, third in command a recently constructed destroyer, have been informed of his death in action by a telegram from the Navy Department. Lieutenant Shriver, 30 years old, graduate of Hughes High School and the Annapolis Naval Academy 1935, helped equip the destroyer after its launching. He was in charge of all gunnery abroad the craft. Lieutenant Shriver previously had been stationed on the Memphis, the Dallas, and the Bushnell, later rechristened the Sumner. His widow, formerly Julia Arjona Arias, is a daughter of Dr. Julio Arjorna, one-time Mayor, Governor and Secretary of the Government at Panama City. Mrs. Shriver and her fifteen-month-old daughter, Margaret Isabel, are living with Lieutenant Shriver's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Shriver, 3400 Bishop Street, Clifton.

A memorial requiem high mass will be sung at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Church of the An… Besides his widow and daughter and his parents Lieutenant Shriver is survived by two brothers, James Shriver, now stationed with the Air Forces at Walnut Ridge, Ark., and John E. Shriver. Fort Mitchell, Ky.; brother-in-law. Lieutenant (J. G.) Paul Fischer, stationed at a naval base in California, and three sisters. Mrs. Elizabeth Ritterhoff, Mrs. Jane Fischer, and Mrs. Margaretta Forbes, Washington.

Class of 1935

Thomas is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.