From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Verne Skjonsby '34

Date of birth: November 3, 1910

Date of death: October 11, 1943

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:


Bill was lost when USS Wahoo (SS 238) was sunk, likely on October 11, 1944, in La Perouse Strait off Northern Japan. He was Executive Officer at the time.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Verne Leslie Skjonsby (NSN: 0-73308), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of duty and in a position of great responsibility in the U.S.S. WAHOO during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that submarine in enemy-patrolled waters from 9 September 1943 to October 1943. He assisted his Commanding Officer in penetrating dangerous, confined and patrolled enemy waters where he contributed to the known destruction of one important enemy vessel. Other damage inflicted upon the enemy by his submarine in this area is unknown since his vessel failed to return from this patrol and it is presumed that he gave his life for his country. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 0559 (March 27, 1944)
Action Date: September 9 - October 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238)

Class of 1934

Verne is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.