BURTON L. DOGGETT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Burton Doggett '24

Date of birth: January 24, 1900

Date of death: August 16, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

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BURTON LEE DOGGETT

Oklahoma

Bertie

"NOW then, all together!—Let's have the Ball Ohio and lots of volume!" is enough to introduce "B.L.," who hails from the wilds of Oklahoma. His singing classes are famous and always draw large audiences. Not having the price of a violin, he has turned to teaching, (here comes Mark Anthony!)

"B. L." is the Nav shark, par excellence—the originator of the catch-as-catch-can declination system. The only flaw lies in the fact that his efforts are as yet unappreciated, as are those of all true genius.

His other claims to fame consist of being a charter member on the extra duty squad and a politician of the first degree. Any time you can find one who parked in the hospital more times than our "Bertie", he must be a member of the "Lost Battalion". He even worked the graft so successfully as to miss Second Class cruise, enjoying instead four glorious month's leave while his classmates fought the bitter "battle of Culebra".

As for athletics, his characteristic workout consists of planting himself firmly in a chair, hoisting his feet upon the table and opening a current magazine. Surrounded by an oil-laden atmosphere, he holds sway as the "President of the Radiator Club".

"When you can't go down for an ice-cream cone without getting rammed there ain't no justice. I just can't keep off the pap."

1924 Doggett LB.jpg

BURTON LEE DOGGETT

Oklahoma

Bertie

"NOW then, all together!—Let's have the Ball Ohio and lots of volume!" is enough to introduce "B.L.," who hails from the wilds of Oklahoma. His singing classes are famous and always draw large audiences. Not having the price of a violin, he has turned to teaching, (here comes Mark Anthony!)

"B. L." is the Nav shark, par excellence—the originator of the catch-as-catch-can declination system. The only flaw lies in the fact that his efforts are as yet unappreciated, as are those of all true genius.

His other claims to fame consist of being a charter member on the extra duty squad and a politician of the first degree. Any time you can find one who parked in the hospital more times than our "Bertie", he must be a member of the "Lost Battalion". He even worked the graft so successfully as to miss Second Class cruise, enjoying instead four glorious month's leave while his classmates fought the bitter "battle of Culebra".

As for athletics, his characteristic workout consists of planting himself firmly in a chair, hoisting his feet upon the table and opening a current magazine. Surrounded by an oil-laden atmosphere, he holds sway as the "President of the Radiator Club".

"When you can't go down for an ice-cream cone without getting rammed there ain't no justice. I just can't keep off the pap."

Loss

Burton was lost when the transport plane he was aboard crashed near Kodiak, Alaska, on August 16, 1942.

From Wartime Press, this undated passage:

Plane With 14 Missing in Alaska - A U.S. Navy plane with a crew of four and ten passengers enroute from Kodiak to Whitehorse, Alaska was reported overdue by the Navy Department, which notified next of kin of those aboard that the crew and passengers were missing. The flight was a routine one from Kodiak to Seattle, Wash. Three planes started on the trip and were forced to fly by instrument soon after taking off. Two made their way through the bad weather to Whitehorse. Naval aircraft have been making searches for the missing plane and other agencies were asked to assist in the search.

Those aboard the missing plane were Commander Joyce A. Ralph, USN; Lieut. Comdrs. Burton Lee Doggett, USN, Jerome H. Sparbo. USNR and Paul H. Tobelman, USN; Captain Arthur Barrows. USMC; Lieuts. Joseph A. Crook, USN and Thomas E. Johnson. Jr. (ChC), USN; Lieuts. (j.g.) Thomas G. Cherikos, USNR. Charles E. Deterding, USN and Jay A. Noble, Jr.. USN: Ensign Charles L. Mixon, USNR; Charles E. Barber. ACRM. USN; H. A. Scott, ACRM, USN, and C O. Walton, AMM2c. USN.

The aircraft was never located, and all 14 passengers and crew were declared dead a year and a day following their disappearance. The aircraft was a part of Transport Squadron (VR) 2.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his son, Burton Jr., a member of the Naval Academy Class of 1951. (Burton Lee Doggett III died in 2017.)

Career

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He had previously had command of USS Gilmre (DD 233), from July 1940 to August 1941.

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Joyce Ralph '23, Paul Tobelman '26, Joseph Crook '36, Charles Deterding, Jr. '40, and Jay Noble, Jr. '40 were also passengers aboard this aircraft.

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 1924
Ensign, USS Florida

September 1924
Ensign, USS California


Others at or embarked at this command:
CDR Fred Perkins '06 (Battle Fleet Staff)
ENS Edwin Crouch '21 (Battle Fleet Staff)
November 1924
Ensign, USS California


Others at or embarked at this command:
CDR Fred Perkins '06 (Battle Fleet Staff)
ENS Edwin Crouch '21 (Battle Fleet Staff)
January 1925
Ensign, USS California


Others at or embarked at this command:
ENS Edwin Crouch '21 (Battle Fleet Staff)
March 1925
Ensign, USS California


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Edwin Crouch '21 (Battle Fleet Staff)
May 1925
Ensign, USS Parrott
July 1925
Ensign, USS Huron

Others at this command:
October 1925
Ensign, USS Huron

January 1926
Ensign, USS Huron

Others at this command:
October 1926
Ensign, USS Peary
January 1927
Ensign, USS Peary
April 1927
Ensign, USS Peary
October 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Peary
January 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Peary
April 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), "ordered to U.S."
July 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Mullany
October 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Mullany
January 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Mullany
April 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Mullany
July 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Mullany
October 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Mullany
January 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Mullany
April 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lea
October 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lexington


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT Francis Bridget '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
January 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lexington


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT Francis Bridget '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
April 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

July 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

October 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

January 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

April 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

October 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

January 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

April 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

July 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

October 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

April 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York
July 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

Others at this command:
October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

Others at this command:
January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New York

Others at this command:
April 1935
Lieutenant, USS New York

Others at this command:
October 1935
Lieutenant, USS New York


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B)
January 1936
Lieutenant, USS New York


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B)
April 1936
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
July 1936
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
January 1937
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
April 1937
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
September 1937
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
January 1938
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
July 1938
Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Raleigh, North Carolina
January 1939
Lieutenant, flag secretary, Special Service Squadron, USS Charleston
October 1939
Lieutenant Commander, flag secretary, Special Service Squadron, USS Charleston
June 1940
Lieutenant Commander, flag secretary, Special Service Squadron, USS Charleston
November 1940
Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Gilmer

Others at this command:

Others at or embarked at this command:
CDR Robert Fleming '17 (Destroyer Division 82)
April 1941
Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Gilmer

Others at this command:

Others at or embarked at this command:
CDR Robert Fleming '17 (Destroyer Division 82)


Class of 1924

Burton is one of 42 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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