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Joshua Nix '30

Date of birth: May 20, 1908

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Joshua was lost when USS Edsall (DD 219) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 by Japanese surface and air forces. He was the ship's commanding officer (since October 1941).

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by two sons, Walter (USNA '54) and Robert.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Joshua J. Nix (NSN: 0-63211), 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 during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant


Joshua is listed on the Class of 1930 panel based on the date he was declared dead (November 25, 1945) rather than when Edsall was sunk.

It also appears that he was promoted while in a missing status. All other contemporary references have him as a Lieutenant.

Class of 1930

Joshua is one of 41 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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