JOHN T. NICHOLS, JR., LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 19, 1918
Date of death: September 9, 1943
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1941 Lucky Bag:

JOHN THOMAS NICHOLS, JR.

Norfolk, Va.

"Well it can't last forever," and so Jason tries to bone a little more; but one of these days he's gonna quit for good and settle down the way he wants, and the home town looks all right. There just ain't no getting around it—he's a home loving man, and he's got his interest there. He plays the strong, silent type when the talk gets around to the girls, but just keep your eye peeled—the "hermit" does all right for himself.

Nick's a familiar figure over in the gym every afternoon about five o'clock, a varied and competent sportsman, taking a yen for boxing, soccer, cross country, and dominos, and beating the system is his greatest delight. He's fought off and on with the books, and although the going has been tough once or twice, he's always come out on top. Nick just takes things as they come and does not pay much attention to worrying, but tell him your troubles and you'll find a real friend. It's been fun, Jason.

Boat Club 3, 2, 1; Company Pistol 3; Battalion Track 3; Battalion C. C. 3; Battalion Soccer 3, 2; Cross Country 2.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.

Loss

John was lost when USS Grayling (SS 209) was sunk sometime between September 9-12, 1943.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


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