From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Kovaleski '39

Date of birth: October 4, 1917

Date of death: July 7, 1943

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Charles was lost on July 7, 1943 when the PB4Y-1P Catalina patrol bomber he was aboard crashed while practicing aerial gunnery near NAS Barbers Point, HI. The entire crew of eleven were killed. They were members of Photographic Squadron (VD) 3.

Charles was a "LT, A-V(S), USNR," which meant he was an "aviation officer of the Volunteer Reserve appointed for special service."

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Hall Error

Charles is not listed with his classmates. He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1939

Charles is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.