From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clifford Janz '31

Date of birth: February 19, 1910

Date of death: December 7, 1941

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


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Cliff was lost in USS Arizona (BB 39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

From Santa Cruz People:

Lt. C.T. Janz was sending everyone in the vicinity to shelter below the armored deck. I went down with Lt. Janz and about forty enlisted men. Before we could close the hatch there were three violent blasts with flame and powder fumes entering the compartment. I then told all personnel in the vicinity to get out and go topside to avoid the gas. About twenty (20) enlisted personnel and myself went topside. I saw the entire ship forward of #3 turret to be a raging fire. Ensign D. Hein, USN

Cliff's wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his two-month-old son, and his mother and father.

Class of 1931

Clifford is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.