ADDIS D. NELSON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Addis Nelson '21

Date of birth: December 24, 1897

Date of death: November 9, 1927

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Addis was lost on November 9, 1927 when his airplane crashed into the Lafayette river “near 51st Street” in Norfolk, Virginia. (Information from death certificate.)

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3237 on September 11, 1925.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1922

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Richard Cross, Jr. '21.

May 1923

Ensign, USS Barry

July 1923

Ensign, USS Barry

September 1923

Ensign, USS Barry

November 1923

Ensign, USS Barry

January 1924

Ensign, USS Barry

March 1924

Ensign, USS Barry

May 1924

Ensign, USS Barry

July 1924

Ensign, USS Barry

September 1924

Ensign, USS Barry

November 1924

Ensign, USS Barry

January 1925

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, ENS James Carney '21, LTjg John Jones '21, ENS John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Gray '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

March 1925

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg James Carney '21, LTjg John Jones '21, LTjg John Lenhart '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, LTjg William Ault '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Conant, II '20, LTjg James Carney '21, LTjg John Jones '21, LTjg John Lenhart '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, LTjg William Ault '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, USS Wright

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3, USS Concord

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3, USS Concord

April 1927

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S

October 1927

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S


Class of 1921

Addis is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.