WAGNER, James Frederick, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
630X-Limited Duty Officer - Aviation
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 630X, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Born in Carnegie, Crawford County Pennsylvania
Last Address
James Wagner's wife and child were living in New London, Conn. He was killed in an airplane accident at East Mountain, near the New York-Connecticut border on route to Groton, Conn.

Date of Passing
Nov 03, 1945
Location of Interment
Woodlawn Cemetery - Titusville, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section I, Lot 20

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post -
  1945, American Legion, Post - (Secretary/Treasurer) (Titusville, Pennsylvania) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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.

Other Comments:

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. 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Beaver (AS-5)Formal Schools and Training CoursesNAS DallasNAS Pensacola
US NavyNAS Grosse IleUSS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)
  1941-1943, SK-0000, USS Beaver (AS-5)
  1943-1943, Navy Pre-Flight School
  1944-1944, NAS Dallas
  1944-1944, NAS Pensacola
  1944-1945, NAS Deland, FL
  1945-1945, NAS Grosse Ile
  1945-1945, 630X, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit
 Colleges Attended 
  1943-1943, Louisiana College
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