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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 18, 1922
Date of death: March 15, 1943
Age: 21

Lucky Bag

1942 Van Roosen LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:



From his beloved New England, Van comes as the youngest man in '42. He loves to argue and his clever observations, biting sarcasm and fluency make him an able opponent for anyone. The time he takes from his extensive writing he spends on football, squash or fencing. Ever since Plebe year he has been dreaming of the subs and if a natural leadership and responsibility count, soon he'll be taking his own craft down to periscope depth.

Fencing 4, 3, 1, f42t: Trident 4, 3, Secretary 2, 1; BoatCl/tb4, 3, 2, 1: Orchestra 4; 1 Stripe.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


Hugh was lost when USS Triton (SS 201) was sunk by Japanese destroyers on March 15, 1943.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Hugh C. Van Roosen (NSN: 0-123335), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while serving aboard a United States Submarine during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Division: United States Navy Submarine (SS)

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Hugh C. Van Roosen (NSN: 0-123335), United States Navy, for heroic conduct as Officer-of-the-Deck of a United States submarine during a highly successful war patrol during World War II. He displayed resourcefulness and initiative in conning his vessel to a favorable position which enabled it to deliver a fatal attack upon a 1,635-ton enemy submarine, which Lieutenant, Junior Grade Van Roosen had sighted.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943)
Action Date: 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Division: United States Submarine

Memorial Hall Error

Hugh's last name appears as VANROOSEN in Memorial Hall; in all other documentation it is spelled with a space as VAN ROOSEN.

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Class of 1942
Hugh is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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