JAMES E. CRAIG, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Craig '22

Date of birth: October 29, 1901

Date of death: December 7, 1941

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:

Loss

James was lost on December 7, 1941 when USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) was damaged during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the First Lieutenant and Damage Control Officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. James is buried in Hawaii.

Biography

From Navsource:

James Edwin Craig, born Jacksonville, Fla. on 29 October 1901. He was appointed to the Naval Academy 3 July 1918. After graduation in 1922, he saw almost continuous sea duty until early 1929 when he received aviation training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. As an aviator, he served at Coco Solo, C.Z., and on board Wright, Arizona, and Yorktown. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1937 and commanded Torpedo Squadron 5 in 1938. In March 1939 he assumed command of USS Conyngham (DD 371). Two years later he became Damage Control Officer and First Lieutenant aboard Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Commander Craig was killed in action during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.

From Together We Served:

  • 1927-1928, 000X, VF-3B Starfighters
  • 1928-1930, NAS Pensacola
  • 1930-1932, 131X, USS Wright (CVL-49)
  • 1932-1934, 131X, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  • 1934-1937, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  • 1938-1939, 131X, VT-5 Tigers
  • 1939-1941, USS Conyngham (DD-371)
  • 1941-1941, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)

Family

John Craig '30 was James' brother.

Namesake

USS James E. Craig (DE 201) was named for James; the ship was sponsored by his widow.


Class of 1922

James is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 in Memorial Hall.