CHARLES P. HILL, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Hill, Jr. '27

Date of birth: December 3, 1905

Date of death: August 9, 1933

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Charles was lost on August 9, 1933 when the seaplane he was piloting crashed near Pearl Harbor. Four other crewmen were also lost.

He was a relative of VADM Henry C. Mustin and a member of that distinguished naval family.

His brother, Arthur S. Hill '29, wrote in the January-February 1978 issue of Shipmate that he had Charles' ring and was willing to give it to any '27 member who had lost theirs.

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Ted Marshall '24 was also lost in this crash.

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 1928

Ensign, USS Tulsa

April 1928

Ensign, USS Tulsa

Others at this command: LTjg Ralph Bradford, Jr. '22.

July 1928

Ensign, USS Utah

Others at this command: LTjg Lawrence McPeake '24.

October 1928

Ensign, USS Utah

Others at this command: LTjg Lawrence McPeake '24 and ENS James Averill '27.

January 1929

Ensign, USS Utah

Others at this command: ENS James Averill '27.

April 1930

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 8S

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 8S

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 8S

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 8S

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 8S

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force, Fleet Air Base Pearl Harbor

October 1932

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

January 1933

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

April 1933

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

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

July 1933

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

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.


Class of 1927

Charles is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.