From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James O'Rourke '37

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: December 15, 1944

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


James was taken as a prisoner of war following the fall of Corregidor and was killed on December 15, 1944 when American aircraft mistakenly attacked the POW ship (Oryoku Maru) he was aboard.

From Find A Grave: "He was held at Japanese POW Camp 1, Cabanatuan 1-2-3, Nueva Province, Luzon, Philippines 15-121." Unable to find which unit he had been with prior to his capture.

His wife was listed as next of kin. James has a memory marker in Massachusetts.

Class of 1937

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