AUGUST W. LENTZ, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

August Lentz, Jr. '26

Date of birth: April 7, 1903

Date of death: September 15, 1942

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:

Loss

August was lost when USS Wasp (CV 7) was sunk by a Japanese submarine on September 15, 1942. He was the ship's aerographer since June; previously he was the aerographer for Fleet Air Wing (FAW) 5 in Norfolk, Virginia.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Memorial Hall Error

August is a "Jr." in the Lucky Bag, but this suffix is omitted on the class of 1926 panel and the killed in action panel in Memorial Hall.

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 1926

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS Adolph Hede '25, ENS Harold Pound '25, ENS William Graham, Jr. '25, ENS Claude Haman '26, and ENS John Crane '26.

January 1927

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS Adolph Hede '25, ENS Harold Pound '25, ENS William Graham, Jr. '25, ENS Claude Haman '26, and ENS John Crane '26.

April 1927

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS Adolph Hede '25, ENS Harold Pound '25, ENS William Graham, Jr. '25, ENS Claude Haman '26, and ENS John Crane '26.

October 1927

Ensign, without orders

January 1928

Ensign, treatment, Naval Hospital Boston, Massachusetts

April 1928

Ensign, sick leave

July 1928

Ensign, USS Antares

October 1928

Ensign, USS Antares

January 1929

Ensign, USS Antares

April 1929

Ensign, USS Antares

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Antares

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Antares

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: LCDR Warner Portz '15 and LTjg Adolph Hede '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5S).

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: LCDR Warner Portz '15 and LTjg Adolph Hede '25.

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg Adolph Hede '25, ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30, and ENS John Armstrong, Jr. '30.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg Adolph Hede '25, ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30, and ENS John Armstrong, Jr. '30.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LTjg Eugene Sarsfield '26, ENS Edwin Martin '29, and ENS Lance Massey '30.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30 and ENS John Armstrong, Jr. '30.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: ENS John Armstrong, Jr. '30.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: ENS John Armstrong, Jr. '30.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

Others at this command: ENS John Armstrong, Jr. '30.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Memphis

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: LT Hubert Hayter '24, LT James Smith, Jr. '25, and LTjg Herbert Coleman '32.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: LT Hubert Hayter '24, LT James Smith, Jr. '25, and LTjg Herbert Coleman '32.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: LT Hubert Hayter '24, LT James Smith, Jr. '25, and LTjg Herbert Coleman '32.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: LT James Smith, Jr. '25 and LTjg Herbert Coleman '32.

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

September 1937

Lieutenant, USS Augusta

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Hine '34 and ENS John Powers '35.

January 1938

Lieutenant, USS Augusta

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Hine '34 and ENS John Powers '35.

July 1938

Lieutenant, aerological officer, Naval Air Station Seattle, Washington

January 1939

Lieutenant, aerological officer, Naval Air Station Seattle, Washington

October 1939

Lieutenant, aerological officer, Naval Air Station Seattle, Washington

June 1940

Lieutenant, aerological officer, Patrol Wing 5, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

November 1940

Lieutenant, aerological officer, Patrol Wing 5, Norfolk, Virginia

April 1941

Lieutenant, aerological officer, Patrol Wings, Atlantic Fleet


Class of 1926

August is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.