Welcome to the Class of ’39 web site…



This web site serves as a collection point for all available information about the USNA Class of 1939. The goal is to provide some background information about various classmates by chronicling their accomplishments both in and out of the service.

Even more importantly, this site is also a place where we are publishing whatever updates we have been able to obtain regarding who is still alive – including classmates and/or spouses – along with contact information and any status updates that have been provided.

If you have questions or additional updates that you would like to see included somewhere within this class web site, we encourage you to reach out to us. Simply click on the ‘Contact Us’ link on the top of the page or CLICK HERE to find the appropriate person to contact.


 The Answer to “What About Thirty-Nine?”

Tom Weschler
– September 2010 –

As we remember our Class, it’s good to review what the class as a whole has accomplished, and then what a few of the individuals have done. We entered with 801, graduated 581, and are about 65 today. Of that 581, about 530 were commissioned with others going back a year, or to other services, or to the outside world as then physically disqualified for Commissions.

Many of these joined through the Reserves and served in WWII and beyond. Interestingly, almost the entire class who survived got married. Our record in 1989 shows most stayed so, with only about 10% divorced after 25 years. We produced some 1400 offspring and 37 of them went to the Academy!

The Class as a whole and its individuals have contributed much to our country. Hard to match the war service record of the class, covering as it did the prelude to and then all of WWII, every year of Korea, and the Cold War including Greece, Suez crisis, Berlin Airlift, “shouldering” and patrols in Med and Baltic, Gulf of Sidra, and the Vietnam War and Yom Kippur War.

Of all the classes ever graduated from the Naval Academy, the class having had the most Killed In Action was 1940, at 60. The Class of 1939 comes in second, with 52. For individuals, no attempt is made to prioritize or evaluate their contributions, but just to indicate their numbers and their diversity.

6 thoughts on “Welcome to the Class of ’39 web site…

  1. Gordon Risk

    We of the USS MASSEY would like to share a birthday greeting to Herb Kriloff (MASSEY Captain August 1951 to July 1953). We understand he will be 100 years old on 10/4/2015. This will be at the same time we will be in attendance at our 26th ship’s reunion in Nashville. We will remember him by a large card signing by all hands but our last known address for him was: 10 Powell Street S. Yarra, Australia 3141. If this is not correct please advise.

    Gordon Risk
    MASSEY Association President

  2. Deborah LaPlace

    I am looking for information on William David Owen, whom I believe to be a member of the class of 1939. He was born in 1917 and died in 1990. Any information you would provide would be extremely helpful in our genealogical research.

  3. Darillyn Lamb Starr

    I am getting together some information on men from USNA who were lost at the attack on Pearl Harbor, for the 75 th anniversary, coming up. I know about 1940, which lost 10 men that day, and 1941 which, miraculously, only lost one, although there were many others who were there, at the time. I would appreciate any help with any who were from ’39.

  4. Greg C. Brown, M.S., ISA AM

    Hello, I am looking for information about a man I believe graduated from the USNA in 1939, who rose to the rank of Captain. Capt. George W. Scott, Jr. I am a credentialed appraiser of fine arts and antiques through the International Society of Appraisers (My credentials and CV can be found here: https://www.isa-appraisers.org/find-an-appraiser/profile/2175/greg-c-brown). I have a client who has brought a painting to me with two addresses written on the back of it, both with the Name of George W. Scott, receiving mail at one time via the Seaman’s Unit, Rincon Annex P.O. San Francisco, California, and the other with him living at 202 W. 6th St., Los Angles [CA]. I believe I have learned he was married to Inger Scott, with children George, David and Neil. He apparently passed away in 1996. However, I can find nearly nothing about him. Inger’s obituary how been the most helpful so far. If anyone has any information, and would not mind contacting me, my email address is gregcbrownassociates@gmail.com. I am sorry for your loss if you knew either and/or both of them. I am trying to learn about he and his wife, and get in touch with his children, which I will start to search for next. I have already spent about 3 hours trying to track down information, on Capt. Scott, however, I can not even find an obituary for him! Thank you all for your service to our country, and thank you for any input. Sincerely, Greg C. Brown, M.S., ISA AM.


    Can you please tell me who was Class of 39 Honorman. I think it was CAPT JACK YOUNG one of my skippers many years ago. Nonetheless, I am just wondering. Great Naval Officer who was CDR FAW-3 my 1st duty station & we kept in touch until he passed.


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