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{{KeyDates|name_class=Joseph Murphy '09|DoB=December 20, 1887|DoD=March 1, 1942|Age=54}}
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{{KeyDates|name_class=Joseph Murphy '09|DoB=December 20, 1887|DoD=February 28, 1942|Age=54}}
  
 
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|LBNickname="Spuds," "Mike"
 
|LBNickname="Spuds," "Mike"
 
|LBText=A thoroughbred Irishman from the "ould sod," and is proud of it. Brought with him the original Boston twang and a large supply of Irish ditties. An athlete in a small way, being one of the mainstays on all the class teams, and showed his prowess Second Class year by winning the middle-weight boxing championship. One of the charter members of the Beef Trust, and has an eating capacity almost equal to that of an ostrich. Has a most fetching smile and could be a great fusser. However, has his own independent ideas concerning the fair sex, and is not of the opinion that "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." Never lets his studies worry him in the least, and has seldom been known to bone. With his versatile conversation and happy disposition, "Spuds" is always welcomed in any crowd, and his winning smile is a sure cure for the blues.
 
|LBText=A thoroughbred Irishman from the "ould sod," and is proud of it. Brought with him the original Boston twang and a large supply of Irish ditties. An athlete in a small way, being one of the mainstays on all the class teams, and showed his prowess Second Class year by winning the middle-weight boxing championship. One of the charter members of the Beef Trust, and has an eating capacity almost equal to that of an ostrich. Has a most fetching smile and could be a great fusser. However, has his own independent ideas concerning the fair sex, and is not of the opinion that "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." Never lets his studies worry him in the least, and has seldom been known to bone. With his versatile conversation and happy disposition, "Spuds" is always welcomed in any crowd, and his winning smile is a sure cure for the blues.
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Delights in his appropriate monogram:<br/>'''"JAM."'''
 
Delights in his appropriate monogram:<br/>'''"JAM."'''
 
|LBECAs=''Buzzard. Class Baseball. Class Football. Class Basketball. Middle-weight Boxing Champion (2).''}}
 
|LBECAs=''Buzzard. Class Baseball. Class Football. Class Basketball. Middle-weight Boxing Champion (2).''}}
  
 
== Loss ==
 
== Loss ==
Joseph was lost on March 1, 1942… but unable to determine exactly how. Suspect it was [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandakan_Death_Marches while in captivity] of the Japanese following the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Borneo_(1941%E2%80%9342) fall of Borneo], where he was serving as a naval observer.
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Joseph was [https://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/11969209/650051652/name/The+Aviation+HistorianCirce.pdf lost] on February 28, 1942 when the Qantas flying boat he was aboard was shot down by a Japanese bomber over the Java Sea while en route from Java to Broome, Australia. He was a naval observer to the Netherlands East Indies, and was aboard with the Consul-General for the Netherlands in Malaya and several of his staff and their families.
  
 
The [http://archive.org/details/registerofcommis1942wash Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1942] lists him as attaining the rank of Captain on August 17, 1928, of retiring on June 30, 1937, and of having 1 year, 7 months, 7 days of active service since retirement.  
 
The [http://archive.org/details/registerofcommis1942wash Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1942] lists him as attaining the rank of Captain on August 17, 1928, of retiring on June 30, 1937, and of having 1 year, 7 months, 7 days of active service since retirement.  
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== Memorial Hall Error? ==
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{{MHE|text=== Memorial Hall Error ==
Joseph was on the retired list — should this be reflected in Memorial Hall?
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Joseph was on the retired list, but this is not reflected in Memorial Hall.}}
  
{{NewClassNavigator|Name=Joseph|HonoreesInClass=9|ClassYear=1909|PreviousPersonLink=FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|PreviousPersonName=Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09}}
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{{ND|date=January 1913|rank=Ensign|command=Denver}}
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{{ND|date=January 1914|rank=Ensign|command=Paul Jones}}
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{{ND|date=January 1915|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Hopkins|billet=commanding officer|others=[[SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN|ENS Samuel Moore '13]]}}
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{{ND|date=January 1916|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=USS Hopkins|billet=commanding officer}}
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{{ND|date=January 1917|rank=Lieutenant (j.g.)|command=Naval training station, San Francisco}}
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{{ND|date=January 1919|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=USS Iowa}}
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{{ND|date=January 1920|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Squadron Force, Pacific Fleet|billet=staff}}
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{{ND|date=January 1921|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=USS New York|others=[[DONALD C. GODWIN, CAPT, USN|LCDR Donald Godwin '11]], [[NORMAN SCOTT, RADM, USN|LCDR Norman Scott '11]], [[LARUE C. LAWBAUGH, LCDR, USN|ENS LaRue Lawbaugh '20]], and [[JOSEPH A. MCGINLEY, LT, USN|ENS Joseph McGinley '21]]}}
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{{ND|date=January 1922|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRED T. BERRY, CDR, USN|LCDR Fred Berry '08]], [[ARCHER E. KING, JR., CDR, USN (RET.)|LT Archer King, Jr. '15]], [[MORRIS H. SPRIGGS, CDR, USN (RET.)|LT Morris Spriggs '15]], [[HENRY M. MULLINNIX, RADM, USN|LT Henry Mullinnix '16]], [[HUGO SCHMIDT, LCDR, USN|LT Hugo Schmidt '16]], [[STANTON H. WOOSTER, LT, USN|LT Stanton Wooster '17]], and [[FRANK C. FECHTELER, LT, USN|LT Frank Fechteler '18]]}}
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{{ND|date=May 1923|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRED T. BERRY, CDR, USN|LCDR Fred Berry '08]], [[FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09]], [[ARCHER E. KING, JR., CDR, USN (RET.)|LT Archer King, Jr. '15]], [[HAROLD E. MACLELLAN, LCDR, USN|LT Harold MacLellan '18]], and [[EDWARD R. FRAWLEY, LTJG, USN|ENS Edward Frawley '22]]}}
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{{ND|date=July 1923|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRED T. BERRY, CDR, USN|LCDR Fred Berry '08]], [[FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09]], [[HAROLD E. MACLELLAN, LCDR, USN|LT Harold MacLellan '18]], [[ROBERT M. SMITH, JR., CAPT, USN|LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19]], [[RICHARD S. WAGGENER, LT, USN|ENS Richard Waggener '22]], and [[HARRY A. BOLLES, CDR, USN|ENS Harry Bolles '23]]}}
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{{ND|date=November 1923|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRED T. BERRY, CDR, USN|LCDR Fred Berry '08]], [[FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09]], [[HAROLD E. MACLELLAN, LCDR, USN|LT Harold MacLellan '18]], [[FESTUS F. FOSTER, CAPT, USN|LT Festus Foster '19]], and [[ROBERT M. SMITH, JR., CAPT, USN|LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19]]}}
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{{ND|date=January 1924|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRED T. BERRY, CDR, USN|LCDR Fred Berry '08]], [[FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09]], [[HAROLD E. MACLELLAN, LCDR, USN|LT Harold MacLellan '18]], [[FESTUS F. FOSTER, CAPT, USN|LT Festus Foster '19]], and [[ROBERT M. SMITH, JR., CAPT, USN|LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19]]}}
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{{ND|date=March 1924|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRED T. BERRY, CDR, USN|LCDR Fred Berry '08]], [[FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09]], [[HAROLD E. MACLELLAN, LCDR, USN|LT Harold MacLellan '18]], [[FESTUS F. FOSTER, CAPT, USN|LT Festus Foster '19]], [[ROBERT M. SMITH, JR., CAPT, USN|LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19]], [[EDWARD R. FRAWLEY, LTJG, USN|ENS Edward Frawley '22]], [[HARRY A. BOLLES, CDR, USN|ENS Harry Bolles '23]], and [[MATTHIAS M. MARPLE, JR., LT, USN|ENS Matthias Marple, Jr. '23]]}}
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{{ND|date=May 1924|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Naval Academy|others=[[ISAAC C. KIDD, RADM, USN|CDR Isaac Kidd '06]], [[FRANKLIN VAN VALKENBURGH, CAPT, USN|LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09]], [[HAROLD E. MACLELLAN, LCDR, USN|LT Harold MacLellan '18]], [[FESTUS F. FOSTER, CAPT, USN|LT Festus Foster '19]], [[ROBERT M. SMITH, JR., CAPT, USN|LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19]], [[EDWARD R. FRAWLEY, LTJG, USN|ENS Edward Frawley '22]], [[HARRY A. BOLLES, CDR, USN|ENS Harry Bolles '23]], and [[MATTHIAS M. MARPLE, JR., LT, USN|ENS Matthias Marple, Jr. '23]]}}
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{{ND|date=July 1924|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=16th Naval District}}
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{{ND|date=September 1924|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=November 1924|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=January 1925|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=March 1925|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=May 1925|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=July 1925|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=October 1925|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=January 1926|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk|billet=engineering officer}}
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{{ND|date=October 1926|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=USS Melvin|billet=commanding officer}}
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{{ND|date=January 1927|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=USS Melvin|billet=commanding officer|others=[[WALTER D. LEACH, JR., LT, USN|ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24]]}}
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{{ND|date=April 1927|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=USS Melvin|billet=commanding officer|others=[[WALTER D. LEACH, JR., LT, USN|ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24]]}}
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{{ND|date=October 1927|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=January 1928|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=April 1928|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=July 1928|rank=Lieutenant Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=October 1928|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=January 1929|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=April 1929|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=July 1929|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=October 1929|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=January 1930|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=April 1930|rank=Commander|command=University of California, Berkeley}}
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{{ND|date=October 1930|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=January 1931|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=April 1931|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=July 1931|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=October 1931|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=January 1932|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=April 1932|rank=Commander|command=USS Altair|billet=executive officer}}
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{{ND|date=October 1932|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California|others=[[JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN|LT John Burrow '21]]}}
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{{ND|date=January 1933|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California|others=[[JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN|LT John Burrow '21]]}}
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{{ND|date=April 1933|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California|others=[[JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN|LT John Burrow '21]]|others2=[[SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN|LCDR Samuel Moore '13]] (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California)}}
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{{ND|date=July 1933|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California|others=[[JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN|LT John Burrow '21]]|others2=[[SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN|LCDR Samuel Moore '13]] (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California)}}
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{{ND|date=October 1933|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California|others=[[JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN|LT John Burrow '21]]|others2=[[SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN|LCDR Samuel Moore '13]] (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California)}}
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{{ND|date=April 1934|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California|others=[[JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN|LT John Burrow '21]]|others2=[[SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN|LCDR Samuel Moore '13]] (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California)}}
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{{ND|date=July 1934|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California}}
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{{ND|date=October 1934|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California}}
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{{ND|date=January 1935|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California}}
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{{ND|date=April 1935|rank=Commander|command=Naval Training Station, San Diego, California}}
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{{ND|date=October 1935|rank=Commander|command=USS Oklahoma|billet=executive officer|others=[[GEORGE M. BROOKE, CDR, USN|LT George Brooke '21]] and [[EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN|ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35]]|others2=[[JULIAN D. GREER, CAPT, USN|LTjg Julian Greer '27]] (Aviation Unit)}}
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{{ND|date=January 1936|rank=Commander|command=USS Oklahoma|billet=executive officer|others=[[GEORGE M. BROOKE, CDR, USN|LT George Brooke '21]] and [[EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN|ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35]]|others2=[[JULIAN D. GREER, CAPT, USN|LTjg Julian Greer '27]] (Aviation Unit)}}
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{{ND|date=April 1936|rank=Commander|command=USS Oklahoma|billet=executive officer|others=[[GEORGE M. BROOKE, CDR, USN|LT George Brooke '21]] and [[EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN|ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35]]}}
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{{ND|date=July 1936|rank=Commander|command=USS Oklahoma|billet=executive officer|others=[[GEORGE M. BROOKE, CDR, USN|LT George Brooke '21]], [[EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN|ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35]], [[FORREST W. SIMONEAU, LT, USN|ENS Forrest Simoneau '36]], and [[JOHN W. HAYS, LTJG, USN|ENS John Hays '36]]}}
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{{ND|date=January 1937|rank=Commander|command=USS Oklahoma|billet=executive officer|others=[[GEORGE M. BROOKE, CDR, USN|LT George Brooke '21]], [[EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN|ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35]], [[FORREST W. SIMONEAU, LT, USN|ENS Forrest Simoneau '36]], and [[JOHN W. HAYS, LTJG, USN|ENS John Hays '36]]}}
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{{ND|date=April 1937|rank=Commander|command=USS Oklahoma|billet=executive officer|others=[[GEORGE M. BROOKE, CDR, USN|LT George Brooke '21]], [[EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN|ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35]], [[FORREST W. SIMONEAU, LT, USN|ENS Forrest Simoneau '36]], and [[JOHN W. HAYS, LTJG, USN|ENS John Hays '36]]}}
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{{ND|date=September 1937|rank=|command=retired as CDR June 30, 1937}}
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{{ND|date=July 1938|rank=|command=Commander, retired, living in Carmel, California}}
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{{ND|date=January 1939|rank=|command=Commander, retired, living in Carmel, California}}
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{{ND|date=October 1939|rank=|command=Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"}}
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{{ND|date=June 1940|rank=|command=Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"}}
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{{ND|date=November 1940|rank=|command=Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"}}
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{{ND|date=April 1941|rank=Commander|command=Navy Department, Washington, D.C.|billet=retired on active list|others=[[HOWARD M. LAMMERS, CAPT, USN (RET.)|CDR Howard Lammers '08]], [[ROBERT H. ENGLISH, RADM, USN|CAPT Robert English '11]], [[SAMUEL N. MOORE, CAPT, USN|CAPT Samuel Moore '13]], [[GEORGE W. GROVE, LCDR, USNR|LCDR George Grove '15]], [[THEODORE E. CHANDLER, RADM, USN|CDR Theodore Chandler '15]], [[ROBERT M. SMITH, JR., CAPT, USN|CDR Robert Smith, Jr. '19]], [[HORATIO G. SICKEL, IV, CAPT, USN|CDR Horatio Sickel, IV '20]], [[HERBERT M. COLEMAN, LCDR, USN|LT Herbert Coleman '32]], and [[HERBERT S. FULMER, JR., CDR, USN|LTjg Herbert Fulmer, Jr. '33]]}}
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Latest revision as of 11:40, 11 February 2020

Joseph Murphy '09

Date of birth: December 20, 1887

Date of death: February 28, 1942

Age: 54

Lucky Bag

From the 1909 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Joseph was lost on February 28, 1942 when the Qantas flying boat he was aboard was shot down by a Japanese bomber over the Java Sea while en route from Java to Broome, Australia. He was a naval observer to the Netherlands East Indies, and was aboard with the Consul-General for the Netherlands in Malaya and several of his staff and their families.

The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1942 lists him as attaining the rank of Captain on August 17, 1928, of retiring on June 30, 1937, and of having 1 year, 7 months, 7 days of active service since retirement.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by at least one son, Joseph, Jr. He is listed on the killed in action panel in Memorial Hall.

Career

Joseph was commanding officer of USS Hopkins (Destroyer No. 6) from December 1914 to September 1916 and of USS Melvin (DD 335) from October 1926 to July 1927.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Joseph Augustine Murphy, United States Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Assistant to the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery during World War I.

Service: Navy
Division: Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Joseph Augustine Murphy, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Naval Observer at Sandakan, British North Borneo, and the Netherlands East Indies, on 1 March 1942.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 356 (November 1946)
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain


Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1910

Midshipman, California

January 1911

Midshipman, California

January 1912

Ensign, Goldsborough

January 1913

Ensign, Denver

January 1914

Ensign, Paul Jones

January 1915

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Hopkins

Others at this command: ENS Samuel Moore '13.

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Hopkins

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval training station, San Francisco

March 1918

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Francisco, California

January 1919

Lieutenant Commander, USS Iowa

January 1920

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Squadron Force, Pacific Fleet

January 1921

Lieutenant Commander, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Donald Godwin '11, LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS LaRue Lawbaugh '20, and ENS Joseph McGinley '21.

July 1924

Lieutenant Commander, 16th Naval District

September 1924

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

November 1924

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

January 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

March 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

May 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

July 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

October 1925

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

January 1926

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, Destroyer Squadrons, USS Blackhawk

October 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Melvin

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Melvin

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Melvin

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

January 1928

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

April 1928

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

July 1928

Lieutenant Commander, University of California, Berkeley

October 1928

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

January 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

April 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

July 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

October 1929

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

January 1930

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

April 1930

Commander, University of California, Berkeley

October 1930

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

January 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

April 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

July 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

October 1931

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

January 1932

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

April 1932

Commander, executive officer, USS Altair

October 1932

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

January 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

April 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

July 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

October 1933

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

April 1934

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT John Burrow '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

July 1934

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

October 1934

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

January 1935

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

April 1935

Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

October 1935

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21 and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Aviation Unit).

January 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21 and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Aviation Unit).

April 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21 and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35.

July 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS Forrest Simoneau '36, and ENS John Hays '36.

January 1937

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS Forrest Simoneau '36, and ENS John Hays '36.

April 1937

Commander, executive officer, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LT George Brooke '21, ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35, ENS Forrest Simoneau '36, and ENS John Hays '36.

September 1937

retired as CDR June 30, 1937

July 1938

Commander, retired, living in Carmel, California

January 1939

Commander, retired, living in Carmel, California

October 1939

Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"

June 1940

Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"

November 1940

Commander, retired, address "care of Braniff Airways, Dallas, Texas"


Class of 1909

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