JAMES B. ROAK, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: September 29, 1919
Date of death: November 16, 1943
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

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From the 1942 Lucky Bag:

JAMES BONNYMAN ROAK

Jim, Squeegee, Rumdum

After wasting the early part of his life chasing jackrabbits in New Mexico, Squeegee ventured into civilization to accomplish greater achievements. The experience at chasing jackrabbits earned for him a top position on the cross country team. His class standing has proved him to be a man mentally as well as physically. Squeegee's quiet good nature and subtle wit have won him many friends.

Cross Country 4, 3, 2, 1, N*; Wrestling 4, 2, w42t; Track 4, 3, 2, 42; Stars 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.

Loss

James was lost when USS Corvina (SS 226) was sunk on November 16, 1943 by a Japanese submarine.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


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