Woodbury County

James Fahey



Sioux Cityan On Lost Submarine
James Fahey, Reported Missing, Served on Corvina Crew

James Fahey, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Fahey, 113 13th street, who was reported missing January 13, had been a member of the ill-fated crew of the submarine Corvina, which recently was announced as lost by the navy department, his parents said Saturday night. He was a fireman second Class.

“We heard from Jim by letter November 2, 1943, saying that he was aboard the Corvina.” Mrs. Fahey said, “and that was his last letter.”

The Fahey family received a telegram January 13, from the navy department stating that the youth was missing. However, since that time no confirmation has been made as to whether he was serving aboard the Corvina when it was sunk.

Young Fahey enlisted in the Navy in June, 1942, a week after he had received his graduation diploma from Trinity High School.

A graduate of Trinity, Seaman Fahey also attended the Cathedral grammar school and was a communicant of the Cathedral of Epiphany. After enlisting in the navy he received his basic training at the great Lakes naval training station and later attended the range finder school, Mare Island, California and submarine school, New London, Conn.

Built at Groton, Conn, the Corvina was commissioned August 6, 1943. Although the navy department did not state where the Corvina made her last patrol, it was presumably operating in the Pacific against Japanese shipping. The navy reported that 65 officers and men were aboard the missing sub.

Source:  The Sioux City Journal, March 19, 1944