From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Ginn '38

Date of birth: May 3, 1914

Date of death: December 7, 1941

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


James was lost "in an air crash 10 miles west of Barbers Pt".

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 8/12/1940
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 7169, 2/20/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/19411968
  • VO-4 USS Maryland (BB-46) KIFA, 12/7/1941

From USS Maryland after action report (15 Dec 1941):

Deaths: Officers -1; Men - 2.
Seriously injured Officers - 0; Men - 3.
Slightly injured Officers - 0; Men - 10.
Subsequent to the attack Lieut.(jg) James B. Ginn, U.S. Navy, aviator of the VO-4 unit attached to this ship was killed in a crash while on patrol duty.

From message traffic in CinCPacFlt comm log, 8 December 1941 at 1700 local:

COM OBS WING 1 to MARYLAND: My disp 081810 no further information resulted from todays search. Ref: OS2U3 airplane 5285 Lt.(jg) James B. Ginn, USN, wife Harriett Ginn, phone 67434 Pensacola St., Honolulu, and William Russe B. Roberts, RM.2c. USN, mother 121 W. 7th St. Los Angeles, Calif. Missing Dec. 8.

James is buried in Nebraska. His wife was listed as next of kin.

James is listed on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.

Class of 1938

James is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.