ARTHUR H. VORPAHL, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Arthur Vorpahl '32

Date of birth: December 18, 1907

Date of death: March 2, 1942

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Arthur was lost when USS Pillsbury (DD 227) was sunk by a superior Japanese surface force in a night action on March 2, 1942, 200 miles east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker 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.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS Edward Blessman '31, ENS Elliott Marshall '31, ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, ENS Robert Strickler '32, and ENS Truman Carpenter '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Edward Blessman '31, ENS Elliott Marshall '31, ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, ENS Robert Strickler '32, and ENS Truman Carpenter '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Edward Blessman '31, ENS Elliott Marshall '31, ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, ENS Robert Strickler '32, and ENS Truman Carpenter '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Robert Strickler '32, ENS Truman Carpenter '32, ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33, and ENS Joseph Bourland '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Robert Strickler '32, ENS Truman Carpenter '32, and ENS Joseph Bourland '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Yarnall

July 1934

Ensign, USS Yarnall

October 1934

Ensign, USS Yarnall

January 1935

Ensign, USS Yarnall

April 1935

Ensign, USS Yarnall

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Yarnall

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Yarnall

Others at this command: ENS Dewey Johnston '34.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Yarnall

Others at this command: ENS Dewey Johnston '34.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27 and ENS Johns Janney '36.

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27 and ENS Johns Janney '36.

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27, ENS Johns Janney '36, and ENS Daniel Deckelman '37.

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27, ENS Johns Janney '36, and ENS Daniel Deckelman '37.

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arctic

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arctic

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, LTjg George Fuller '35, and LTjg George Lambert '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy) and 2LT Alfred Gordon '39 (USS Reina Mercedes, Naval Academy).

April 1941

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, and LTjg George Fuller '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy).


Class of 1932

Arthur is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.