JAMES B. SOMMERS, LTJG, USN
James Sommers '42
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: November 13, 1942
From the 1942 Lucky Bag:
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
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
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