EDMUND U. LOOMIS, CADET ENGINEER, USN
Edmund Loomis '75
Date of birth: 1853
Date of death: November 24, 1877
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Edmund Underwood Loomis was admitted to the Naval Academy from Maryland on October 1, 1872 at age 21 years 3 months.
Edmund was lost on November 24, 1877 when USS Huron (1875) went aground and then wrecked in heavy weather off Nags Head, North Carolina. Ninety-seven other officers and men were also lost.
From Army & Navy Journal on December 1, 1877:
Cadet Engineer Loomis was born in Pennsylvania, but entered the Naval Academy at Annapolis from the State of Maryland, Oct 1, 1872, and was graduated with his class June 21, 1875. He was in all respects a steady young man, standing well in his studies and duties, and winning the respect both of his classmates and superior officers. Loomis was over six feet in height, of large build, a fine, open countenance, blue eyes and light hair. He was about twenty-four years old.
Cadet Engineer Naval Academy, 1 October, 1872. Graduated 21 June, 1875. Lost on the Huron, 24 November, 1877.
Memorial Hall Error
Edmund was a "Cadet Engineer" at the time of his loss; there is no evidence of a posthumous promotion. Memorial Hall lists him as an Ensign. (Note the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1877 distinguishes "Assistant Engineers," which have equivalent ranks to traditional Navy officer ranks, from Cadet Engineers, which seem to be equivalent to Midshipman in seniority.)
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.
Cadet Engineer, Huron