University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 09 2004

Crew of “U.S.S. Price” Will Remember Concord Alumnus, Special Ceremony Saturday, October 16

Athens, W. Va. – Fifty-two years ago, a Princeton native, Concord alumnus, and member of the “greatest generation,” valiantly gave his life as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Lexington. Max Edward Price was killed in action during the battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1942. Despite his fatal wounds, Price doggedly manned his anti-aircraft gun during the fierce battle that resulted in the sinking of the Lexington. For his heroic action, the U.S. Navy named a destroyer escort in his honor.

“So far as we know,” stated David Shumate, Concord University archivist, “Max Price is the only Concord alumnus for whom a U.S. naval vessel has been named. The ship received a battle star for combat in the Mediterranean,” stated Shumate. “The vessel was decommissioned and scrapped in the early 60's.”

Price received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and so transferred from Concord in 1935. Upon his graduation from the Academy, he was commissioned as a lieutenant J.G. in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Lexington in 1939.

“It is appropriate that the Crew Association of the U.S.S. Price will be gathering for a reunion to coincide with Homecoming activities at Concord University because their ship was named for the Concord alum, and the vessel was commissioned on October 20, 1943, nearly 51 years to the day from the Concord homecoming festivities,” stated Mr. Shumate.

A special ceremony to honor Max Price, the U.S.S. Price and the U.S.S. Price crew will be held Saturday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m., in front of Marsh Hall at Concord University. Concord President Jerry Beasley, Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, II, and Mr. Malcolm Ogle of the Price Crew will provide remarks and the U.S. Navy will provide a special color guard to raise a 48-star banner in honor of the national colors flown by the Price during its wartime service.

For more information, contact David Shumate, 1-304-384-5375 or shumate@concord.edu.

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