Navy Badge
  • Name: Jeremiah "J.D." Daniel Murphy
  • Location of Birth: Ishpeming, Michigan
  • Date of Birth: June 29, 1908
  • Date of Death: August 23, 1981
  • Parents: Cornelius Murphy & Lucy (Stenglein) Murphy
  • High School and Class: 1926 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    1932 University of Minnesota School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: LT (Lieutenant)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: May 28, 1944
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  • Date of Discharge: February 23, 1946
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Jeremiah Daniel Murphy
    Race: White
    Age: 32
    Birth Date: June 29, 1908
    Birth Place: Ishpeming, Michigan, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Self, McAlpine Block, Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 180
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Black
    Next of Kin: Leona Gertrude Murphy, wife, Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article: 1944 – Lt. J. D. Murphy, son of Mrs. C. M. Murphy of Coleraine, is spending a short leave in Grand Rapids; he and his wife and two daughters arriving there late last week from Cambridge, Mass., where Lt. Murphy was in training at Harvard University. Lt. Murphy will go to Seattle Wash., for further assignment.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    J.D. Murphy married Leona Billeadeau in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1935. He was employed by the Oliver Mining Co. at Coleraine, Minnesota while attending Itasca Junior College and attended the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he received his law degree in 1932. He entered law practice in Grand Rapids with his brother, James F. Murphy, and was a member of the law firm of Murphy, Lano, Kalar, Nelson and O’Toole in Grand Rapids at the time of his death. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; past president of the Grand Rapids Cap Baker Lions Club; past commander of the Grand Rapids McVeigh-Dunn American Legion Post; a member of the Grand Rapids Ponti-Peterson VFW post; a member of Monsignor Hennebry Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus; a member of Minnesota State and National Bar Association; former Grand Rapids city attorney; and a member of the board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Grand Rapids.

    J.D. died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Ceetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 57). He is survived by his wife, Leona; two daughters, Marguerite (Richard) Lawler and Kathleen (Gilbert) Willson; one son, Tim Murphy; one sister, Margaret (James) Force; two brothers, Dr. C. B. Murphy and Dr. J. E. Murphy; and seven grandchildren.

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