CHARLES H. CALLAWAY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Callaway '24

Date of birth: November 9, 1904

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Charles was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933.

He was survived by his wife, son, mother, and sister.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

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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.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Nitro


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July 1925

Ensign, USS Nitro


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October 1925

Ensign, USS Nitro


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January 1926

Ensign, USS Nitro


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October 1926

Ensign, USS Shirk

January 1927

Ensign, USS Shirk

April 1927

Ensign, USS Shirk

October 1927

Ensign, USS Shirk

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wood


Others at this command:

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wood

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wood

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wood

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wood

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wood

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tennessee


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January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tennessee


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April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tennessee


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October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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Others at or embarked at this command:

CDR Fred Berry '08 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron)
1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Barracks)

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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Others at or embarked at this command:

CDR Fred Berry '08 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron)
1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Barracks)


Class of 1924

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

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