ROY N. DUNKLIN, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 23, 1919
Date of death: January 6, 1945
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

ROY NELSON DUNKLIN

Henderson, Texas

The "Tiger" was born on the crest of a sandstorm and rocked in the cradle of the metropolis of Texas—Henderson. After eighteen years in "God's Country" our hero hung up his spurs and saddle and mounted the stagecoach which was headed for Uncle Sam's School for Boys. Here he made a name for himself in the foreign language department—oh, what a name! His stories of the Lone Star State and of those beautiful Texas gals will never die—any deader. He held the record for "hot dogs" devoured in one sitting—fourteen. His favorite sports: eating, sleeping, and blondes will probably make the rest of his life short but sweet.

He was commander of 13th Company for the first set.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Roy was one of 44 men lost on January 6, 1945 aboard USS California (BB 44) in a kamikaze attack. The ship was providing shore bombardment at Lingayen Gulf.

He has a memory marker in Texas.


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Class of 1943
Roy is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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