AUGUSTUS H. ALSTON, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Augustus Alston, Jr. '31

Date of birth: August 20, 1907

Date of death: April 3, 1943

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Augustus was lost when USS Pickerel (SS 177) was sunk by Japanese vessels north of Honshū on April 3, 1943. He was the boat's commanding officer.

Family

From researcher Kathy Franz: "His father was a railroad clerk and telegraph operator for the Georgia railroad. His mother was Lucia; his brother was Marcus, and his sisters were Margaret and Martha. Augustus graduated from the Academy of Richmond County before entering the Naval Academy. He and his wife Elma Watkins Alston had a son Donald born in 1939 in California."

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty Superintendent of Construction Electric Boat Company Groton 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Duty 16th Naval District 1 Nov 1940
  • Executive Officer USS Pickerel (SS-177) 1 Jan 1941 - 8 Oct 1942
  • Captain USS Pickerel (SS-177) 8 Oct 1942 - Apr 1943

He also served aboard USS Texas (BB 35), USS Louisville (CA 28), USS S-12 (SS 121), and USS S-46 (SS 157).

  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 4 Jun 1934
  • Lieutenant 1 Jul 1939
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 15 Jun 1942

Bronze Star

Unable to find the citation for this medal.

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 1932

Ensign, USS Texas


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October 1932

Ensign, USS Louisville


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Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)

January 1933

Ensign, USS Louisville


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Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)

April 1933

Ensign, USS Louisville


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Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)

July 1933

Ensign, staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (USS Chicago)
ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
ENS Henry Brossy '31 (USS Chicago)
ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32 (USS Chicago)

October 1933

Ensign, staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (USS Chicago)
ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32 (USS Chicago)

April 1934

Ensign, staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

LTjg Arthur Loeser '27 (USS Chicago)
LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)

July 1934

Ensign, staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


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Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)
ENS Leo Crane '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S)

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Louisville


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Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S)

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Louisville


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Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S)

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Louisville


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Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S)

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut


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January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-12

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-12

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-46


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January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-46


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April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), navigator & communications officer, USS S-46


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September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), navigator & communications officer, USS S-46

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), navigator & communications officer, USS S-46

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), assistant supervisor of construction, Electric Boat Company, New London Ship and Engineering Works, Groton, Connecticut

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), assistant supervisor of construction, Electric Boat Company, New London Ship and Engineering Works, Groton, Connecticut

October 1939

Lieutenant, assistant supervisor of construction, Electric Boat Company, New London Ship and Engineering Works, Groton, Connecticut


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June 1940

Lieutenant, assistant supervisor of construction, Electric Boat Company, New London Ship and Engineering Works, Groton, Connecticut


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November 1940

Lieutenant, for assignment, 16th Naval District


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April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Pickerel


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Class of 1931

Augustus is one of 52 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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