Virginia Heroes

James George East

Ensign, Navy

Born: July 10, 1920
Hometown: Rockbridge County, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: September 13, 1944
Died In: 150 miles east of Espiritu Santo
Awards: Purple Heart

Ensign East served aboard the USS Navajo (AT-64) tug boat as a communications officer and assistant navigator. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese submarines. Seventeen crew members were lost and the survivors were picked up by a nearby minesweeper.

He was a 1938 graduate of Fishburne Military Academy and a 1942 graduate of Duke University. In December 1942, he received his commission from Columbia University U. S. Naval Reserves Midshipmen’s School.

His name is listed in the Courts of the Missing in the Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.


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