From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Strother '48

Date of birth: September 23, 1926

Date of death: May 2, 1953

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:

1948-B 1st Company


From Abilene Reporter News (Abilene, Texas) May 8, 1953, pg 8:

Military Funeral Set at San Angelo For Abilenian's Kin

The body of Air Force Capt. James W. Strother, nephew of an Abilene woman, has been taken to San Angelo for military funeral and burial…

Capt. James W. Strother, son of Brig. Gen. J.H. Strother (USMC) and Mrs. Strother of Dadeville, Ala., was killed May 3 when his jet trainer crashed 100 miles north-west of Phoenix, Ariz. Lt. Maurico H. Havercroft, a Royal Air Force student from Hull Yorshire, England, also died in the crash.

He was the nephew of Mrs. Minerva Murphy of Abilene. …

A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Capt. Strother flew 100 F-80 missions during the year he spent in Korea with the Fifth US Air Force. He was serving as an instructor in air combat tactics at the time of his death.


Though the obituary above does not mention her, it appears James was married to Minerva Jane Glass Strother. Her headstone is next to his.

His father, James H. Strother '21, also survived him. (Information from April 1966 issue of Shipmate.)

Distinguished Flying Cross

Could not find the citation, but his gravestone claims a James was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. �

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Class of 1948

James is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 on Virtual Memorial Hall.