VIRGIL H. TRAXLER, JR., ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Virgil Traxler, Jr. '43

Date of birth: May 11, 1920

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1943, PAGE FIVE

NAVAL OFFICER KILLED IN ACTION First listed as "missing at sea" late last fall, Ensign Virgil Harold Traxler Jr., has now been announced as "killed in action" according to an Associated Press news release yesterday from Washington.

A graduate of Annapolis in June, 1942, Ensign Traxler was stationed at Norfolk, Va., until ordered to sea in August of that same year. On duty aboard the American cruiser, USS Juneau, he was listed as missing when that vessel was sunk by enemy action during the battle of the Solomons last November.

Ensign Traxler, son of V.H. Traxler of Washington, D.C., was married Aug. 1, 1942, in Norfolk, to Marjorie Jean McCollough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon M. McCullough, 3443 Seventeenth avenue south. She resided here until March, when she left to take up defense work at Mansfield, O.

Crew member of the USS Juneau (CL-52)

USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk on November 13 by Japanese submarine I-26 at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal; all but ten men perished in the initial sinking or in the 8 days before they were rescued.


Class of 1943

Virgil is one of 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.