CLEO R. KEEN, 1LT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Cleo Keen '32

Date of birth: November 17, 1909

Date of death: November 20, 1936

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Cleo was lost on November 20, 1936 when the plane he was piloting crashed near Friendship, Maryland. The enlisted man aboard was also killed; both were stationed at Quantico, Virginia.

Cleo was survived by his parents and his brother and is buried in Missouri.

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 1932

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Corps School, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at this command: 2LT Hector De Zayas '32.

January 1933

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Corps School, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at this command: 2LT Hector De Zayas '32.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2LT Francis Williams '30 (Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

April 1933

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Corps School, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at this command: 2LT Hector De Zayas '32.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2LT Francis Williams '30 (Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

July 1933

2nd Lieutenant, USS Northampton

Others at this command: ENS Alfred Grove '30 and ENS Damon Cummings '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

October 1933

2nd Lieutenant, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 and ENS Damon Cummings '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

April 1934

2nd Lieutenant, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 and ENS Damon Cummings '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

July 1934

2nd Lieutenant, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LTjg Alfred Grove '30, ENS Damon Cummings '31, and ENS Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

October 1934

2nd Lieutenant, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Ronald Boone '20 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 1LT Stuart King '20 (Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 2LT Max Schaeffer '28 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), and 2LT Chandler Johnson '29 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

April 1936

1st Lieutenant, Aircraft One, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Harold Bauer '30.

July 1936

1st Lieutenant, Aircraft One, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia


Class of 1932

Cleo is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.