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

Class of 1940

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