Griffith, Jack Walter, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1950-1952, 131X, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Service Years
1944 - 1952

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Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jul 04, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Duty Stations
US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VF-24
Carrier Air Group 2 (CVG-2)USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  1944-1946, 110X, Naval Sea Units
  1946-1946, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1946-1947, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1948-1952, 131X, VF-24
  1950-1952, 131X, Carrier Air Group 2 (CVG-2)
  1950-1952, 131X, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1951-1951 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Raids on the Sui-ho Dam
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1940-1944, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                         USS Boxer (CV/CVA/CVS-21, LPH-4)

With the outbreak of the Korean War, she was pressed into service to carry planes to the fighting. From 14–22 July 1950, she made a record crossing of the Pacific, 8½ days, with 150 Air Force and Navy planes and a thousand troops. On her return trip (27 July–4 August), she cut the record to 7 days, 10 hours, and 36 minutes. After fast repairs she departed for the Far East on 24 August, this time to join TF 77 in giving air support to the troops. Her planes supported the landing at Incheon (15 September 1950) and other ground action until November, when she departed for the west coast and overhaul.
Boxer departed San Diego for her second Korean tour on 2 March 1951. Again she operated with TF 77 supporting the ground troops. She returned to San Francisco on 24 October 1951. Sailing on 8 February 1952 for her third tour in Korea, Boxer again served with TF 77. On 23–24 June, her planes took part in the heavy strikes against the North Korean hydro-electric complex.



                 LOCATION: NORTH KOREA

                      SOUTH OF WONSAN

Class of 1944, Lieutenant Griffith was as the pilot of a F9F-2 Pantherjet fighter with Fighter Squadron 24 aboard the USS BOXER (CV-21). On July 4, 1952, while serving as a photographic escort south of Wonsan, Korea, his aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and exploded. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on May 25, 1954.

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