AUGUSTUS S. MULVANITY, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Augustus Mulvanity '23

Date of birth: January 17, 1901

Date of death: June 10, 1930

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Augustus was lost on June 10, 1930 when the ship he was aboard, SS Fairfax, collided with the tanker SS Pinthis. Fairfax caught fire and caused the death of 27 people aboard, including Augustus, his wife, and his young daughter. Pinthis sank with the loss of all twenty crew.

From Find A Grave:

Nashua Telegraph Jun 16, 1930 front page and page 2

Impressive and solemn services with full military rites accorded an officer who died in the service of his country were given the remains of Lieutenant Augustus Shea Mulvanity, United States Navy, and 20 month old daughter Eileen, who with Mrs. Mulvanity were among the victims of the Fairfax disaster off Scituate, Tuesday night, yesterday afternoon. The body of the wife, Mrs. Lucille Buckley Mulvanity had not been recovered as yet from the sea at the scene of the disaster. Rev. Matthew Creamer, permanent rector of the church gave a short eulogy in which he praised the bravery of Lieutenant Mulvanity in his brave effort to save his wife and child and asked the congregation to rise and say three "Our Fathers" for the recovery of the body of Mrs. Mulvanity, to offer some little consolation to the grief stricken parents of the girl.

It's unclear if this should be considered an operational loss. If Augustus was en route to a new station or otherwise under official orders, it would be.

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.

July 1923

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15.

September 1923

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15.

November 1923

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15.

January 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15.

March 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, ENS Hubert Hayter '24, and ENS James McDonough '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS Hubert Hayter '24, and ENS James McDonough '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS Hubert Hayter '24, ENS James McDonough '24, and ENS Richard Moss '24.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS Hubert Hayter '24, ENS James McDonough '24, and ENS Richard Moss '24.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15 and LT Robert Fleming '17.

July 1925

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, LT Robert Fleming '17, and ENS James Smith, Jr. '25.

October 1925

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Robert Fleming '17 and ENS James Smith, Jr. '25.

January 1926

Ensign, USS Percival

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Percival

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Percival

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Percival

October 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and ENS Robert Sayre '24.

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and LTjg Robert Sayre '24.

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and LTjg Robert Sayre '24.

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and LTjg Robert Sayre '24.

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and LTjg Robert Sayre '24.

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and LTjg Robert Sayre '24.

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23 and LTjg Robert Sayre '24.

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arctic

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arctic

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arctic

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arctic


Class of 1923

Augustus is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.