From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Truman Carpenter '32

Date of birth: June 15, 1909

Date of death: January 5, 1938

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Truman was lost on January 5, 1938 when the seaplane he was aboard crashed approximately 100 miles from Hawaii while on a training flight. Six others aboard were also lost.

He has a memory marker in California.


Truman began his career as an officer aboard USS Maryland (BB 46). In the 1934 and 1935 Navy Directories he is listed as an Ensign under instruction at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings as naval aviator #4157 on October 30, 1935.

The 1936 Navy Directory lists him as a LTjg with Bombing Squadron (VB) 3B, embarked in USS Lexington (CV 2). The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1937 lists him with Patrol Squadron (VP) 7F.

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Class of 1932

Truman is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.