CHARLES DYER, JR., PASSED MIDN, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Dyer, Jr. '46

Date of birth: May 20, 1825

Date of death: August 23, 1850

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Loss

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Passed Midshipman Charles Dyer Jr. drowned at Pensacola, Florida, on 23 August 1850.

Unable to find any other details. He is buried in Connecticut.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 23 January, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Drowned In Pensacola Bay, 23 August, 1850.

He was a part of the naval infantry that took part in the Second Battle of Tabasco, Mexico, in 1847.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall lists his rank as Master (a rank that existed until 1883 when it was replaced by Lieutenant junior grade), but there is no evidence to support this. He was a Passed Midshipman.

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 1842

Midshipman, Sloop Boston

January 1844

Midshipman, Frigate Raritan

January 1847

Passed Midshipman, Sloop Albany

January 1848

Passed Midshipman, Frigate Cumberland

January 1849

Passed Midshipman, leave of absence

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Schooner Flirt


Class of 1846

Charles is one of 13 members of the Class of 1846 on Virtual Memorial Hall.