CHARLES D. HART, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Hart '30

Date of birth: December 31, 1908

Date of death: November 3, 1933

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Lt. Charles D. Hart lost his life following crash of F4B4 from VF-3B on board USS Langley (CV-1) while flying near San Diego, Calif. 3 November 1933.

He is buried in Louisiana.

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 1930

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Dudley Morton '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS John Craig '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

January 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Dudley Morton '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS John Craig '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

October 1932

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Joyce Ralph '23 (USS Langley) and ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

January 1933

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Joyce Ralph '23 (USS Langley), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S), and ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

April 1933

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Joyce Ralph '23 (USS Langley) and ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

July 1933

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Joyce Ralph '23 (USS Langley) and ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Joyce Ralph '23 (USS Langley) and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).


Class of 1930

Charles is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.