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Memorial created 06-27-2007
Murray Bennett Frazee, Jr.
January 8 1916 - June 27 2007

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Captain Murray B. Frazee, Jr. -- Navy man, Redskins fan, attorney, citizen of Gettysburg, and above all, loving husband, father and grandfather. Murph, you will always be missed. Murray was born in Lafayette, Indiana on January 8, 1916, the son of the late Lieutenant Colonel Murray B. Frazee Sr, AUS (Ret) and Mrs. Caroline (Matthews) Frazee. He graduated from Gettysburg High School in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1933 and attended Gettysburg College for two years. In 1935, he enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1939. Murray's commission as Ensign began 27 years of active duty in the Navy. Following one year in an aircraft carrier and a year as Chief Engineer in a destroyer, Murray enrolled in submarine school and served in submarines throughout World War II. He made eleven submarine war patrols, each averaging 60 days, the first seven in the Grayback and the last four in the Tang as second in command. He commanded the submarine GAR from 1944-45. For his gallantry in action, he received three awards of the Silver Star Medal and two of the Bronze Star Medal. Following the war, Murray commanded the submarine Greenfish, a division of 5 submarines and a squadron of 14 submarines, and had four 3-year tours of duty in the Pentagon. Concurrently with his naval service, he attended George Washington University Law School, receiving his J.D. Degree with honors in 1948, and American University, earning an M.A. degree in 1964. He advanced through the ranks and served as Captain from 1958 until his voluntary retirement in 1966. Upon retirement, he passed the Pennsylvania bar exam and practiced law in Adams County through 1981 in partnership with his brother-in-law, the late Donald M. Swope. Murray was married on December 27, 1941 to Betty Swope at her home in Gettysburg. Their loving 65-year marriage resulted in four children: Nancy, wife of Dr. David D.S. Poor, of Meadowbrook, PA; James, husband of Tricia (Merrick), of Gettysburg; Sally, wife of Dr. Raymond Wells, of Abington, PA; and Murray III, husband of Amanda (Polinski) of Eugene, OR. He is also survived by his sister, Colonel Mary E. Frazee, USA (Ret) of San Antonio, TX, as well as 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Murray was a member since 1931 of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Hanover Elks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.

 

A memorial service is planned for 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 21 at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. Please sign our guest book and let us know that you came to visit. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, PO Box 273, Suffern, NY 10901 or http://www.dtrf.org. Thank you.

 

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