DANIEL B. DECKELMAN, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Daniel Deckelman '37

Date of birth: July 7, 1913

Date of death: March 26, 1942

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Daniel was lost when USS Atik (AK 101) was sunk by a German submarine 300 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia on March 26, 1942. None of her crew survived the sinking and a large explosion as the ship sank.

The Naval History and Heritage Command has details of the Q-ship program, and of Atik's brief history.

Daniel wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Ohio. (Note: the date on this marker is the date he was officially declared dead by the Navy Department.)

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.

September 1937

Ensign, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27, LTjg Arthur Vorpahl '32, and ENS Johns Janney '36.

January 1938

Ensign, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27, LTjg Arthur Vorpahl '32, and ENS Johns Janney '36.

July 1938

Ensign, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27 and ENS Samuel Hunter, Jr. '38.

January 1939

Ensign, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Harry Hicks '27 and ENS Samuel Hunter, Jr. '38.

October 1939

Ensign, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Cleaveland Miller '29, ENS Samuel Hunter, Jr. '38, ENS Alexander Wadsworth, III '39, and ENS John Salvage '39.

June 1940

Ensign, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LCDR Raymond Hansen '22, LT Cleaveland Miller '29, ENS John Salvage '39, ENS Arthur Alexander '40, ENS John Spears '40, and ENS Raymond Murray '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LCDR Raymond Hansen '22, LT Cleaveland Miller '29, LTjg Irving McCann, Jr. '35, ENS John Salvage '39, ENS Arthur Alexander '40, ENS John Spears '40, and ENS Raymond Murray '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LCDR Raymond Hansen '22, LT Cleaveland Miller '29, LTjg Irving McCann, Jr. '35, ENS John Salvage '39, ENS Arthur Alexander '40, ENS John Spears '40, and ENS Raymond Murray '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).


Class of 1937

Daniel is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.