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Remembering SA WILLIAM JOSEPH MURPHY III

United States Navy - DD-776 USN FLEET USS J C OWENS

Submission 19240 By STEPHEN PFAFF




My name is Stephen Pfaff, and my Dad, Norman G. Pfaff, was on the Owens, on the bridge as phone talker, when the ship was hit on 5/7/52. My Dad died on 1/1/05. I have recently discovered a typewritten letter from him dated 5/8/08 from Pusan, addressed to his Dad, my grandfather, and it describes in vivid detail the attack of the previous day. It mentions the death of "just about one of the best buddies I have"--but mentions a "Thomas A Murphy III, Torpedoman Seaman", and not William Joseph Murphy III. Could there have been two Murphys killed that day?

Please contact me if you have any information. I would be more than happy to share my Dad's letter.

Submission 19240 - 2008-06-25 20:34:12.0 - By STEPHEN PFAFF

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Hostile, Died (KIA) - Navy - DD-776 USN FLEET USS J C OWENS

Key Number: 21452
Name:SA WILLIAM JOSEPH MURPHY III
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Casualty Date:May 7, 1952
Presumed Date:May 7, 1952
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IDNO:9117250
Grade: E2
  
Birth Year: 1932
Birth Date:December 26, 1932
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Home: PARK RIDGE NJ
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Burial Location: FERNCLIFF CEMETERY, HARTSDALE, NY
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Ethnic On Record: Caucasian
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Known Location:AT SEA
Location Of Loss: AT SEA OFF SONGJIN

 

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Editor Comments:Seaman (E2) Murphy served aboard the destroyer USS JAMES C. OWENS (DD-776). On May 7, 1952, he died of multiple wounds when his ship received six hits by enemy shore battery at Songjin, North Korea. There were ten casualties. Need confirmation on full name, possible Thomas A. Murphy III.