From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Carney '21

Date of birth: February 14, 1898

Date of death: December 16, 1942

Age: 44

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


James was lost on December 16, 1942 when the SBD Dauntless he was piloting developed engine problems and crashed near Guadalcanal.

He was the commanding officer of Naval Construction Battalion 14, which had repaired Henderson Field and was nearly complete in completing an emergency runway at Koli Point, Guadalcanal, when James was lost. (He had landed and taken off earlier to test the work.) The crewman aboard was also killed.

He was designated naval aviator #3195 in 1925.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was originally buried in Guadalcanal, but is now buried in California.


The airstrip his battalion constructed was named "Carney Field" in his honor.

Class of 1921

James is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.