From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Sawers '40

Date of birth: December 14, 1916

Date of death: July 24, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Charlie was lost on July 25, 1945 while attached to VFB-16 and conducting an attack on the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Bombing of Kure.

His wife was listed as next of kin. Charlie has a memory marker in Tennessee.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Charles Sawers (NSN: 0-85263), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot embarked in U.S.S. RANDOLPH over Kure, Honshu, Japan, on 24 July 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 352 (July 1946)
Action Date: July 24, 1945
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Randolph

Memorial Hall Error

Charles' middle name — Haddon — is not included on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1940

Charles is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.