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Murray Rich '43

Date of birth: 1920

Date of death: March 26, 1945

Age: 25

Naval Academy Register

Murray Moncure Rich was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on June 24, 1939 at age 19 years 4 months.

Lucky Bag

Murrey [sic] Moncure Rich is listed with 195 others below this inscription:

NOT ALL OF US who joined the Class of '43 stayed with us to that one broad stripe. Many fell at the end of plebe year, the casualty list mounted at the end of youngster year and a very few left us when the course was almost run. Reasons were varied and diverse: academic tangles, physical disabilities, civilian leanings.... Many went into civilian occupations, some were drafted, others became flyers and a few volunteered for foreign military service. Some left us early, many stayed for a long while, but none will be forgotten.


Murray was lost on March 26, 1945, when his A-26B Invader (#41-39463) crashed five miles east of Lake Charles Army Airfield, Louisiana. He was a member of the 138th Combat Crew Training Squadron; the two other officers aboard were also killed.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Hall Error

Murray is not listed with his classmates. This omission was discovered by reviewing the September 1946 issue of Shipmate.

Class of 1943

Murray is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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