JAMES S. SMITH, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Smith, Jr. '25

Date of birth: November 18, 1904

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:


Loss

James was lost when USS Atlanta (CL 51) was sunk on November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

James was commanding officer of USS Trever (DMS 16) in 1940 until December 1941.

American Legion Post

Wilkins-Smith American Legion Post 1, in Laconia, New Hampshire, is named for James.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander James Stuart Smith, Jr. (NSN: 0-59677), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Conning Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. ATLANTA (CL-51), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. With cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Commander Smith remained at his station and directed the course of the ship until he was mortally wounded. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Atlanta (CL-51)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 315 (June 1943)


Class of 1925

James is one of 30 members of the Class of 1925 in Memorial Hall.