EATON A. BOOTHE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Eaton Boothe '22

Date of birth: July 15, 1900

Date of death: September 17, 1927

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Eaton was lost on September 17, 1927 when the airplane he was piloting crashed in the Mojave desert. The other two crewmen aboard were also lost. Eaton was "attached to staff of Rear Admiral Reeves at San Diego."

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 1923

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Thomas Zellars '21 and ENS William Gray '21.

July 1923

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and ENS Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23.

September 1923

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and ENS Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23.

November 1923

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and ENS Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23.

January 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, 2LT Horace Busbey '23, and ENS Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23.

March 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and 2LT Horace Busbey '23.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and 2LT Horace Busbey '23.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS William Gray '21, 2LT Horace Busbey '23, ENS Walter Dey '24, and ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

November 1924

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: ENS Arthur Page, Jr. '18, ENS James Carney '21, LTjg John Burrow '21, ENS John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Gray '21, ENS William Ault '22, and ENS William Beyrer '22.

January 1925

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, ENS Addis Nelson '21, ENS James Carney '21, LTjg John Jones '21, ENS John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Gray '21, and ENS William Davis '22.

March 1925

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, ENS Addis Nelson '21, LTjg James Carney '21, LTjg John Jones '21, LTjg John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Ault '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

May 1925

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Conant, II '20, LTjg Addis Nelson '21, LTjg James Carney '21, LTjg John Jones '21, LTjg John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Ault '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Langley

Others at this command: CDR John Rodgers '03 and LTjg James Carney '21.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Langley

Others at this command: LTjg James Carney '21.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Squadron (VO) 2

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron 2, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14, LT Festus Foster '19, ENS Douglas Smith '25, ENS Jack DeShazo '25, ENS Julian Morrison, Jr. '25, ENS Henry G'Sell '26, and ENS Louis Shane, Jr. '26.

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Medusa

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Medusa


Class of 1922

Eaton is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.