JAMES H. MCPHERSON, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James McPherson '41

Date of birth: April 29, 1919

Date of death: August 13, 1945

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Having become a Naval Aviator, by Summer of 1945, LCDR McPherson was attached to the Squadron VF-16, based on the USS RANDOLPH (CV-15), flying a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat (BUNO 77830). His aircraft was lost in Shikoku (Empire Area) on 13 AUG 1945, just two days before the announcement of the intended surrender of the Japanese. He was officially declared dead on 16 August 1946

He was shot down "likely over Tokyo Bay."

His parents were listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant James Hauhuth McPherson (NSN: 0-100312), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron SIXTEEN (VF-16), attached to the U.S.S. RANDOLPH (CV-15), in the bombing of the enemy battleship HYUGA in Kure Harbor on 24 July 1945. He skillfully and courageously piloted his aircraft in a bombing attack in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire scoring a hit with his bomb which contributed materially to the sinking of the ship. His skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 033727 (August 27, 1945)
Action Date: 24-Jul-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighting Squadron 16 (VF-16)
Division: U.S.S. Randolph (CV-15)


Class of 1941

James is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.