From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alfred Ede '09

Date of birth: July 4, 1887

Date of death: March 25, 1915

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1909 Lucky Bag:


1909 Ede 1.jpg

Alfred was lost when USS F-4 (SS 23) during a test dive off of Honolulu. He was the commissioning commanding officer; all 21 officers and crew aboard were lost.

F-4 was the first commissioned submarine of the US Navy to be lost at sea.

Alfred was survived by his wife; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Timothy A Parker '10 was executive officer of F-4.

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 1910

Midshipman, West Virginia

Others at this command:

January 1911

Midshipman, West Virginia

Others at this command:

January 1912

Ensign, Truxtun

January 1913

Ensign, Preble

January 1914

Ensign, submarine duty, Alert

Class of 1909

Alfred is one of 10 members of the Class of 1909 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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