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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 7, 1919
Date of death: October 26, 1942
Age: 22

Lucky Bag

1941 Eaton LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Hollywood, Calif.

Torsion entered the service with a nautical background. His grandfather held the now non-existent rank of Commodore. Playing with the old gentleman's sword and listening to his stories, Torrey came to understand the fascination of the naval profession.

A deep love has made the inter-leave periods drag by very slowly at times. The academics have suffered so the daily letter would leave on time. The Ring Dance with its double ring ceremony cemented his faith.

Personally, Torsion is a pretty fair partner. His athletic efforts are confined to brief sessions on the handball court or track, followed by ample rest periods. A good argument is always welcome, particularly on the subject of bridge. Musically, he likes the classics, played very loud and over and over again, while he adds his own deep voice to the confusion. But these are the things that make a man different that make association with him to be remembered.

The Log 4, 3; Battalion Crew 3, 2.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


Torrey was one of 57 men lost aboard USS Smith (DD 378) on October 26, 1942 when the ship was heavily damaged by attacking aircraft while screening USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Hornet (CV 8). The ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for her action that day.

He has a memorial plaque and a stained glass window in California. The plaque appears to have a duplicate in New York. His wife was listed as next of kin.

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Class of 1941
Torrey is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.
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