EDGAR G. CHASE, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edgar Chase '32

Date of birth: September 12, 1910

Date of death: October 17, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Captioned simply "off to war."

Edgar was lost on October 17, 1942, two days after USS Meredith (DD 434) was sunk by Japanese air attack. He and dozens of other survivors had not been rescued; he "had become increasingly disoriented, the result of the concussion he had sustained from a bomb explosion on the ship. Early on the second day, he stood up in the raft and said, "I think I'll get some cigarettes." Before he could be restrained, he dove off, swam away, and was never seen again."

Edgar was the ship's executive officer; he had been engineering officer when the ship was commissioned. His wartime experience and actions are included in "The Short Life of a Valiant Ship: USS Meredith (DD434)" by Barry Friedman and Robert Robinson.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a young son.

His memorial is in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Philippines.

Namesake

USS Edgar G. Chase (DE 16) was named for Edgar.

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

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

January 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

April 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

July 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT William France '24, ENS Ralph Elden '31, ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS William Widhelm '32, and ENS Francis Brown '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Ralph Elden '31, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS William Widhelm '32, and ENS Francis Brown '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Joyce Ralph '23, ENS William Widhelm '32, and ENS Francis Brown '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B) and ENS Ralph Elden '31 (Battleship Division 1).

July 1934

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: CDR Sherwood Picking '11, LT Joyce Ralph '23, ENS Francis Brown '33, ENS Charles Ware '34, and ENS Robert Robertson '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Ralph Elden '31 (Battleship Division 1).

October 1934

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Joyce Ralph '23, ENS Francis Brown '33, ENS Charles Ware '34, and ENS Robert Robertson '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ralph Elden '31 (Battleship Division 1).

January 1935

Ensign, USS Worden

April 1935

Ensign, USS Worden

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Worden

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Worden

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, 16th Naval District

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stewart

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stewart

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), 1st Lieutenant, USS Stewart

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), 1st Lieutenant, USS Stewart

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), 1st Lieutenant, USS Stewart

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), 1st Lieutenant, USS Stewart

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Constitution

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Shaw

Others at this command: ENS John Magee '39.

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Shaw

Others at this command: ENS John Magee '39.

April 1941

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Meredith

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Shriver '35 and ENS Ray Penrod '41.


Class of 1932

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