HENRY S. WYGANT, JR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Wygant, Jr. '30

Date of birth: May 13, 1906

Date of death: January 3, 1944

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Henry was lost in the explosion of USS Turner (DD 648) in New York harbor on January 3, 1944.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

From USS Turner Association:

Commander Henry Sollett Wygand Jr. of the U.S.S. TURNER never had a chance. Without warning a mysterious explosion ripped open the main deck sending it sky-high, toppling the mast onto the deckhouse and smashing the ship's only link with the world, destroying the ship's nerve center and the emergency transmission radio system. Commander Wygand along with many of his officers were killed immediately. Sailors were blown to the deck. Their bleeding bodies were scattered everywhere. Fire erupted instantly while the engine room quickly filled with hot poisonous smoke and fumes. …


Class of 1930

Henry is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 in Memorial Hall.