From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Lewellyn '43

Date of birth: February 4, 1921

Date of death: February 16, 1943

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


James was lost when USS Amberjack (SS 219) was sunk by a patrol craft on February 16, 1943 near Rabaul.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Jimmy was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on 4 February, 1921. He was appointed from at-large and entered the Academy on 30 June, 1939. After graduation he underwent submarine training at New London, Connecticut. Following this he proceeded to the Southwest Pacific where in December 1939 Jim reported aboard the submarine USS AMBERJACK. On 22 March, 1943 while engaged in a war patrol in the Southwest Pacific Area the AMBERJACK was lost to enemy action with Jimmy aboard. He wore the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp and the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal. He was survived by his father, Mr. Earl Jennings Lewellyn who at Jim’s death resided at 3242 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Daniel Seidell ’43 was also lost aboard USS Amberjack (SS 219).

Class of 1943

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

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