JAMES D. UNGER, LTJG, USN
James Unger '43
Date of birth: September 15, 1919
Date of death: June 12, 1943
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.