JACOB W. BRITT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jacob Britt '29

Date of birth: May 1, 1905

Date of death: March 3, 1942

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Jacob was lost when USS Asheville (PG 21) was sunk by Japanese surface forces on March 3, 1942. There was only one known survivor of the sinking. He was the gunboat's commanding officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

He was aboard USS Salinas (AO 19) from 1932-1934, and USS Warrington (DD 383) from 1935-1938

From Find A Grave:

Jacob entered the U.S. Naval Academy on June 19, 1925. He was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on June 6, 1932, Promoted to Lieutenant on June 30, 1937 and was Promoted to Lieutenant Commander on January 1, 1942.


Class of 1929

Jacob is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 in Memorial Hall.