Lt. John J. Griffin, Jr. / USS Emmons Memorial Scholarship

Two $2500 scholarships are awarded each year. The 2023 application will be available here January 1, 2023.

Mission Statement:

The Scholarship Program was established to help preserve, maintain and promote the legacy of the 60 courageous men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of their ship and shipmates on April 6, 1945 during the battle of Okinawa. Their fighting spirit and that of the surviving USS Emmons crew members led by Lt. John J. Griffin was in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Navy and must be preserved for the benefit of future generations of Americans.

Applying for the Scholarship:

Applications for the scholarships are available annually to:

1) Direct, lineal descendants of one who served aboard the USS Emmons, and

2) Direct, lineal descendants of a sibling of any childless crew member who lost his life as a result of the April 6, 1945 attack at Okinawa.

2022 Recipients:

Layne Fry and Isaac Bird have been awarded the 2022 Lt. John J. Griffin, Jr./USS Emmons Memorial Scholarships. Each received a $2500 scholarship to use toward their educational expenses for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year.

Layne is the great-granddaughter of shipmate Stanley Layne Fisher, who gave his life aboard the Emmons at Okinawa. She will be starting her undergraduate work at Kent State University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising.

Our other recipient is Isaac Bird, grandson of Josephine Morrow, sister of O’Neil Infanto who also gave his life aboard the Emmons at Okinawa. Isaac, a previous scholarship recipient as an undergraduate, begins his graduate work at the University of Sussex, UK, where he will be working toward his Master of Arts in Development Studies.

Official announcement of the awards will occur at the reunion’s Saturday banquet when the recipients’ essays will be shared. Check back here following the reunion to read their essays.