IRVING G. MCCANN, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Irving McCann, Jr. '35

Date of birth: September 3, 1913

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Irving was lost when USS Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk early in the morning of August 9, 1942 by Japanese surface forces at the Battle of Savo Island.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Biography

From A Log of the Vincennes:

Lieutenant McCann was born on September 3, 1913, at Gasper, Wyoming. He was appointed Midshipman on June 11, 1931, and was graduated from the Naval Academy, June 6, 1935. During the period between June, 1935, and May, 1938, he served on board the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa and the U.S.S. Cuyama. On August 9, 1938, he was commissioned Lieutenant (jg) to rank from June 6 of that year. He served on board the U.S.S. Haraden from December 18, 1938, to September 24, 1940. He was then assigned to the Vincennes, to which he reported for duty on October 8, 1940. Like other officers of his ship, he was promoted after the Battle of Midway, being commissioned Lieutenant (sg) to rank from June 15, 1942. He was reported missing in action against the enemy in the Battle of Savo Island. He was unmarried. His mother, Mrs. Roy Sands McCann, writes from Aptos, California.


Class of 1935

Irving is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 in Memorial Hall.