CHARLES K. PALMER, SR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Charles Palmer, Sr. '31

Date of birth: September 14, 1909

Date of death: September 16, 1935

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

1931 Palmer LB.jpg

Charles Keith Palmer

Timmonsville, South Carolina

"Brutus"

It was a gala day in the wilds of South Carolina when Keith first saw the light of day. His was a destiny to fulfill—he was to become one of "Uncle Sam's Pampered Pets."

He began his career by gleaning all the knowledge possible in the Podunk High School and then arrived at "Bobby's War College." Brutus is a hard worker and because of this has made a name for himself. He is never too busy to help anyone who needs it.

Early in Plebe Year Keith started on the road to fame when he startled "femmes" and classmates by his uncanny tumbling feats in the Gymkhana. His trick of tucking his feet behind his head has caused anxiety for many of us. We have been afraid he might stay that way.

That Southern drawl and gentlemanly manner have caused many a fair heart to flutter; but alas, rumor has it, that he has already tied up to the dock or perhaps made a flying moor!

Reception Committee 3, 2, 1 Lucky Bag, Photographic Staff Class Gym, 4th Class Gymkhana "1928" 2 P. O.

1931 Palmer LB.jpg

Charles Keith Palmer

Timmonsville, South Carolina

"Brutus"

It was a gala day in the wilds of South Carolina when Keith first saw the light of day. His was a destiny to fulfill—he was to become one of "Uncle Sam's Pampered Pets."

He began his career by gleaning all the knowledge possible in the Podunk High School and then arrived at "Bobby's War College." Brutus is a hard worker and because of this has made a name for himself. He is never too busy to help anyone who needs it.

Early in Plebe Year Keith started on the road to fame when he startled "femmes" and classmates by his uncanny tumbling feats in the Gymkhana. His trick of tucking his feet behind his head has caused anxiety for many of us. We have been afraid he might stay that way.

That Southern drawl and gentlemanly manner have caused many a fair heart to flutter; but alas, rumor has it, that he has already tied up to the dock or perhaps made a flying moor!

Reception Committee 3, 2, 1 Lucky Bag, Photographic Staff Class Gym, 4th Class Gymkhana "1928" 2 P. O.

Loss

Charles was lost on September 16, 1935 when the plane he was flying "crashed at Border Field, San Ysidro," California.

He is buried in South Carolina, with his wife and son, who was one month old at the time of Charles' loss.


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.

July 1931
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
October 1931
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
January 1932
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
April 1932
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
October 1932
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
January 1933
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3)
April 1933
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3)
July 1933
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3)
October 1933
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3)
April 1934
Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at this command:
LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Carl Lindgren '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Robert Patten '30 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Carl Lindgren '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
April 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)


Class of 1931

Charles is one of 52 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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