Ensign James Frederick Wagner
Naval Aviator, WWII
Killed while on Active Duty
James Wagner graduated from Colestock High School, Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1940 and enlisted, for six years, in the Navy on 19 December, 1940. He was serving as a storekeeper third class on the USS Beaver AS-5, a submarine tender at Casablanca in North Africa in early 1943, when he received orders to return to the United States to train as a Navy pilot. First he went to pre-flight school at Louisiana State college for three months and on 8 July, 1943, entered the civil aeronautics administration and war training school at Natchitoches, La. He was successively at Athens, Ga., Dailas, Texas, and Pensacola, Fla. At Pensacola he received his wings on 7 November, 1944. Ensign Wagner was afterward stationed at Deland, Fla., and Groose Isle, Mich. Next, he was assigned to an airwing of the new aircraft carrier, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB-42, which had just been commissioned on the 1st of October 1945.
Wagner was killed in an air crash, of a single-engine two-seater SNJ Navy training plane, one month later on the 3rd of November 1945.
Ensign James Frederick Wagner, and his wife Anna had a child, a girl named Priscilla Ann - who became: Priscilla (Wagner) Beaulieu Presley, the wife of Elvis Presley.
Ensign Wagner was killed in a plane crash when Priscilla was just 5 months old. Her mother, Anna met and married Paul Beaulieu in 1948, he was the only father Priscilla ever knew.