JAMES N. MAYES, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Mayes '37

Date of birth: March 15, 1914

Date of death: October 14, 1940

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Jim was lost when his SBD Dauntless dive bomber crashed near Camp Kearney, California, on October 14, 1940. He was a member of Bombing Squadron (VB) 3 stationed at NAS San Diego.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Career

Jim reported to NAS Pensacola for flight training on June 30, 1939 as an Ensign. He was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940; on June 20, 1940 he was designated naval aviator #6500. (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)

Other

His father was an Army Colonel who served during World War I as Deputy Judge Advocate of the American Expeditionary Forces.


Class of 1937

James is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 in Memorial Hall.