AUGUST F. WEINEL, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

August Weinel '36

Date of birth: October 6, 1914

Date of death: September 28, 1943

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Loss

August was lost when USS Cisco (SS 290) was sunk, likely on September 28, 1943 by Japanese ships and aircraft. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Commander August Frederick Weinel (NSN: 0-77206), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Diving Officer of the U.S.S. POLLACK (SS-180) during FOUR highly successful War Patrols of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters during World War II. On one occasion, while acting as Officer-of-the-Deck during a night surface attack his calm and courageous assistance to the Commanding Officer was directly responsible for the complete destruction of a valuable enemy ship. His conduct throughout these patrols was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 32
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Diving Officer
Division: U.S.S. Pollack (SS-180)

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 1937

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS James Clark '35, ENS John Mooney, Jr. '35, and ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS James Clark '35, ENS John Mooney, Jr. '35, and ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force) and ENS Thomas Sharp '35 (Scouting Force).

September 1937

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS James Clark '35 and ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Thomas Sharp '35 (Scouting Force).

January 1938

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS James Clark '35 (Scouting Force) and ENS Thomas Sharp '35 (Scouting Force).

January 1939

Ensign, USS Pollack

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pollack

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pollack

Others at this command: LT Elliott Marshall '31.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pollack

Others at this command: LT Elliott Marshall '31.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pollack


Class of 1936

August is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.