From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Sommers '42

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


James was lost when USS Barton (DD 599) was sunk on November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade James Barkley Sommers (NSN: 0-111654), United States Navy, for heroism at New Caledonia on 30 October 1942. While in charge of a boat attempting to rescue officers and men from a plane wrecked on a treacherous reef, Lieutenant Sommers gamely swam a line to the stricken craft, enabling his men and an accompanying boat to rescue without injury to either the survivors or the boat crews.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Action Date: October 30, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Class of 1942

James is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.