JAMES E. CRAIG, LCDR, USN
James Craig '22
Date of birth: October 29, 1901
Date of death: December 7, 1941
From the 1922 Lucky Bag:
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)
John Craig '30 was James' brother.
USS James E. Craig (DE 201) was named for James; the ship was sponsored by his widow.