CHARLES E. HOVEY, ENS, USN
Charles Hovey '07
Date of birth: January 10, 1885
Date of death: September 24, 1911
From the 1907 Lucky Bag:
Charles Emerson Hovey was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 10 January 1885. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1903, graduating in June 1907 with the rank of Midshipman. During the next three years he was assigned to the battleships Ohio and Idaho. Promoted to Ensign in June 1909, and transferred to the Asiatic Fleet in 1910, he served in Philippines waters with the gunboats Mindoro and Pampanga. On 24 September 1911, while leading a landing force at Lapurap, Basilan, Ensign Charles E. Hovey was killed in action with hostile Moros.
Charles is listed on the killed in action panel in Memorial Hall under the heading "PHILIPPINE ISLANDS CAMPAIGN 1911."
He was survived by his mother and two sisters; he is buried in New Hampshire.
From Together We Served:
- 1907-1909, USS Ohio (BB-12)
- 1909-1910, USS Idaho (BB-24)
- 1910-1911, USS Mindoro (1899) gunboat
- 1911-1911, USS Pampanga (PG-39)
He was the original author of the Watch Officer's Manual.
USS Hovey (Destroyer No. 208) was named for Charles; the ship was sponsored by his sister, Louise.
Veterans of Foreign Wars post #168 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is named for him as Emerson Hovey. There is some irony in this - the Philippine conflict was not classified as a "foreign war" at the time of his death, since the Philippines was then a U.S. colony. There is a fountain in Portsmouth's waterfront Prescott Park honoring him.
Charles' classmates erected a plaque in his honor in Memorial Hall.
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.
Midshipman, waiting orders
Others at this command: LCDR William Gise '93.