From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James LeClare '39

Date of birth: January 27, 1916

Date of death: May 29, 1944

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


James was lost on May 29, 1944:

Lt. James J. LeClare Killed on Dry dock

Lt. James J. Le Clare, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Le Clare, 228 River in San Francisco, Calif., last Monday (May 29, 1944), the Navy Department announced. At the time of his death, Lieutenant Le Clare was in charge of a section of a floating dry-dock. While here he [unintelligible] University of Rochester, later transferring to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, from which he was graduated as an ensign and assigned to the USS Colorado. Before being called to the naval reserve he was employed by Eastman Kodak Company in Tennessee. In 1933 he was one of 19 Rochester Boy Scouts and three leaders who took a six-week tour through Hungary in the International Boy Scout Jamboree. Two months ago he married Miss Edith Hoeft of Glendale, Calif. Burial will be in Glendale. Besides his wife and parents, Lieutenant Le Clare Is survived by a sister, Mrs. Harold C. Perry of Rochester.

He had been a member of the Class of 1937 at the University of Rochester.

He is buried in California.


From the August 1944 issue of SHIPMATE:

JAMES JASPER LECLARE, '39, Lt. DE-V (S), USNR. Died 29 May 1944 at Naval Dry Docks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, Calif. U. S. Area.

Memorial Hall Error

James is not listed with his classmates. He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through SHIPMATE issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1939

James is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.