VIRGIL H. TRAXLER, JR., ENS, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 11, 1920
Date of death: November 13, 1942
Age: 22

Lucky Bag

1943 Traxler LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

VIRGIL HAROLD TRAXLER, JR.

Butler, Ohio

Trax was so affected by a two year sojourn in California that he set upon his career 180 degrees out of phase. He joined the Army and prepped at the Presidio with the aim of entering West Point. As always, Trax soon set himself aright and obtained a senatorial appointment to the Country Club. He has always managed to take Academics in stride and found plenty of time for his beloved squash, chess, and letter-writing. His easy-going disposition and natural ability to mix with the fellows has given him a large circle of friends, and will make him the ideal wardroom companion. Trax is the fellow you'll want on the bridge when the going gets rough.

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

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.


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