BURDEN R. HASTINGS, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Burden Hastings '33

Date of birth: August 1, 1910

Date of death: December 27, 1941

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:


Biography

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From the 1953 edition of the book "Double Three Roundup," published by the class of 1933:

Barney served a year in the CALIFORNIA, then 18 months in the IDAHO before going to Pensacola for flight training. He got his wings in August 1936, and after 8 more months at Pensacola reported to VB-1B aboard the RANGER. Duty with Torpedo Squadron two in the LEXINGTON followed, then assignment to Patrol Planes, in VP-18, 13, 26, and 102. For extraordinary heroism while attached to VP102 he was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. The citation reads in part, "For extraordinary heroism as Commander of a six plane Bombing Group while conducting a dawn attack on enemy Japanese ships, in the vicinity of Jolo, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, on 27 December, 1941, Lieutenant Hastings pressed home the attack on an enemy disposition consisting of several large surface combatant and auxiliary ships in the face .of overwhelming air and anti-aircraft opposition." Barney died when his airplane crashed in that operation. A group burial for him and his crew members was made on 29 January 1952 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska.

Barney was one of three classmates to have a ship named after him. The BURDEN R. HASTINGS (DE19), commissioned on 1 May 1943, participated in the Gilbert Islands and Marshall Island operations, took part in raids on Palau, Yap, Ulithi and Wollai, and was credited with one "definitely sunk" Japanese submarine. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in February 1947.

Barney and Elise Hoagland, of Long Beach, California, were married in that city on February 12, 1936. She has since remarried, and as Effie Elise Engomar, is living at 14469 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks, California.

Loss

Burden was lost when his PBY-4 Catalina patrol bomber was shot down during an air raid on Jolo, Philippines, on December 27, 1941. He was commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 101.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in Nebraska (his remains were repatriated in 1952).

Burden became naval aviator #5172 in 1937.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Burden Robert Hastings, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane and Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron ONE HUNDRED ONE (VP-101), Patrol Wing TEN (PatWing-10), in action against enemy Japanese naval forces located near Jolo, in the Philippine Islands, on the morning of 27 December 1941. Pressing home his attack in the face of overwhelming air and anti-aircraft opposition, Lieutenant Hastings led his formation, maneuvering his bombers to pass clear of lower clouds until the objective was reached and they had dropped their bombs, inflicting heavy damage upon several enemy war and merchant ships. Lieutenant Hastings' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 304 (July 1942)
Action Date: 27-Dec-41
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Patrol Squadron 101 (VP-101)
Division: Patrol Wing 10

Namesake

USS Burden R. Hastings (DE 19) was named for Burden.

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 1934

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: 1LT David Claude '24, ENS Reader Scott '32, ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33, and ENS William Drumtra '34.

April 1935

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Reader Scott '32, ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33, and ENS William Drumtra '34.

October 1935

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Gordon Schecter '35, ENS Graham Bright '35, and ENS Thomas Cummins '35.

January 1936

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Gordon Schecter '35, ENS Graham Bright '35, and ENS Thomas Cummins '35.

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Ralph Smith '26, LT Renwick Calderhead '27, and LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg William Kane '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (USS Lexington).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Ralph Smith '26, LT Renwick Calderhead '27, and LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg John Speer '32 (USS Lexington), LTjg William Kane '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (USS Lexington).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LT Clair Miller '29 (USS Lexington), LTjg Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg John Speer '32 (USS Lexington), LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (USS Lexington), ENS Frank Case, Jr. '38 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Woodruff '38 (USS Lexington).

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg George Klinsmann '33 and LTjg Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Clair Miller '29 (USS Lexington), LTjg Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg John Speer '32 (USS Lexington), LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (USS Lexington), ENS Frank Case, Jr. '38 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Woodruff '38 (USS Lexington).

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Squadron (VB) 2, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Clair Miller '29 (USS Lexington), LT Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), ENS Otto Kolb, Jr. '36 (USS Lexington), ENS Allan Wussow '39 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Seiler, Jr. '39 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Price '39 (USS Lexington), and ENS Frank Kolb, Jr. '39 (USS Lexington).

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Albert Gray '31.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 102, Cavite, Philippines

Others at this command: LT Albert Gray '31.


Class of 1933

Burden is one of 38 members of the Class of 1933 on Virtual Memorial Hall.