From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Cochran '43

Date of birth: June 11, 1920

Date of death: February 5, 1947

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


James was lost when his F4U-4 Corsair crashed at sea on February 5, 1947 while operating from USS Randolph (CV 15).

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Jim was born in Cottonburg, Kentucky on 11 June 1920. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in March 1938, was appointed at-large and entered the Academy on 23 June 1939. After graduation he reported to the cruiser USS SAVANNAH where he saw combat action in the major operations of the European Theatre during WWII. He entered flight training in January 1944. After duty involving flying at the Naval Air Stations in Dallas, Texas; Pensacola, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Melbourne, Florida; Sanford, Florida; Miami, Florida, and Norfolk, Virginia he reported to Fighter Squadron Eighty-two in April 1946. It was while attached to this squadron as a pilot that Jim was lost at sea in the Atlantic as a result of an aircraft crash on 5 February 1947. He wore the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, WWII Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle East Area Campaign Medal with three bronze stars. Jim was survived by his wife Loraine Green who at Jim's death resided at Stoney Craft, Wickford, Rhode Island.


James married Loraine Green on April 4, 1943, in the Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Md.

Class of 1943

James is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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