From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Kunkle '31

Date of birth: January 16, 1910

Date of death: November 12, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


George was lost when USS Erie (PG 50) was torpedoed by a German U-Boat on November 12, 1942 while operating near Curaçao. Though the ship was beached and 173 of her crew survived, George was among the seven who were killed by the torpedoes and subsequent fire.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

From Find A Grave:

George Kunkle's body … was recovered from the torpedoed ship and buried in a cemetary in Willemstad. Later it was disinterred and reburied in Puerto Rico, the nearest US possession. After the war, his wife, Elizabeth (my mother) directed the Navy to have his body cremated and his ashes spread at sea. They were, where many were as well, at the entrance to the Panama Canal. Owen Kunkle, October 26, 2014

Class of 1931

George is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.