From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Danforth '38

Date of birth: June 28, 1915

Date of death: February 18, 1942

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


James was lost when USS Truxtun (DD 229) grounded in Newfoundland on February 18, 1942.

The book "Standing Into Danger" by Cassie Brown detail's Truxtun's loss, as well as the loss of USS Pollux (AKS 2) and USS Wilkes (DD 441). The website "Dead Reckoning: The Pollux-Truxtun Disaster" is also devoted to the topic.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Illinois.

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Elmer D. Anderson '35, Ralph Hickox '27, and Arthur L. Newman '34 were also lost when the Truxton was grounded.

Class of 1938

James is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.