From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Unger '43

Date of birth: September 15, 1919

Date of death: June 12, 1943

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant JG. Unger was killed when shortly after noon on 12 June 1943, R-12 while underway to conduct a torpedo practice approach, sounded her last diving alarm. As R-12 completed preparations to dive, the forward battery compartment began to flood. The collision alarm was sounded and a report was made that the forward battery compartment was flooding. Orders were given to blow main ballast, but the sea was faster. In about 15 seconds, R-12 was lost. The commanding officer, one other officer, and three enlisted men were swept from the bridge as the boat sank and were rescued. Forty-two lives were lost. R-12 was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 July.

The boat went down near Key West, Florida. A documentary movie was made about her, and her discovery, in January 2017.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Class of 1943

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

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