CHARLES E. SIGNER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Signer '26

Date of birth: May 17, 1902

Date of death: March 30, 1938

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

Ensign C. E. Signer, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3427 in 1929. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1926.

Son of Ira Grant & Mary (Billings) Signer; married the former Miss Barbara Isabella Edmundson, of Pensavola, Fla., in 1928.

Lieutenant Signer was lost at sea, with his entire crew, when his patrol seaplane crashed during the 1938 annual fleet exercise held in the Pacific.

Charles was a member of Patrol Squadron (VP) 18.

He has a memorial marker in Illinois. Charles was survived by his wife, Barbara.

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 1926

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Hilan Ebert '26, ENS Mannert Abele '26, and ENS Paul Tobelman '26.

January 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Hilan Ebert '26, ENS Mannert Abele '26, and ENS Paul Tobelman '26.

April 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Hilan Ebert '26, ENS Mannert Abele '26, and ENS Paul Tobelman '26.

October 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg James Craig '22, ENS Louis Shane, Jr. '26, ENS Mannert Abele '26, and ENS Paul Tobelman '26.

January 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg James Craig '22, ENS Mannert Abele '26, and ENS Paul Tobelman '26.

July 1929

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

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Larson '24.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Lexington), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), ENS Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Dick Downer '27 (USS Lexington), ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Yoho '29 (USS Lexington).

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Arnold Isbell '21.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Lexington), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Robert Larson '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), LTjg Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Yoho '29 (USS Lexington).

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Hubert Waters '25 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS Eugene Lindsey '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS Julian Greer '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS Loren Morris '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS Robert Winters '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), and ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga).

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS Julian Greer '27 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga).

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Robert Gallagher '33.

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: 2LT Hector De Zayas '32 and ENS Robert Gallagher '33.

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: 2LT Hector De Zayas '32 and ENS Robert Gallagher '33.

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Robert Gallagher '33, ENS Juan Pesante '34, and ENS Robert Donaldson '34.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: 2LT Harry Lang '29, ENS Robert Gallagher '33, ENS Juan Pesante '34, and ENS Robert Donaldson '34.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: 1LT Harry Lang '29, ENS Robert Gallagher '33, ENS Juan Pesante '34, and ENS Robert Donaldson '34.

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: 1LT Harry Lang '29, ENS Robert Gallagher '33, ENS Juan Pesante '34, and ENS Robert Donaldson '34.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, LTjg Ford Wallace '31, and LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, LTjg Ford Wallace '31, and LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, LTjg Ford Wallace '31, and LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

January 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

April 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

September 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LTjg Harrington Drake '31 and LTjg Leo Crane '31.

January 1938

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 18, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LTjg Harrington Drake '31.


Class of 1926

Charles is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.