EDWARD B. CURTIS, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Curtis, Jr. '22

Date of birth: February 1, 1899

Date of death: November 18, 1926

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Edward was lost on November 18, 1926 when the plane he was aboard crashed near Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The pilot, a classmate of his, survived.

Edward was married, but his wife seems to have died of complications from childbirth in January 1923 — only a few days following the death of their newborn.

His ring is in the collection of the Naval Academy Museum. Edward is buried in Louisiana.

Memorial Hall Error

He is "Jr." on both his headstone and in the records of the Naval Academy Museum; this is omitted in Memorial Hall.

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.

July 1923

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LTjg William Eaton '21 and ENS William Engeman, Jr. '22.

September 1923

Ensign, USS Worden

November 1923

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LTjg William Eaton '21 and ENS William Engeman, Jr. '22.

January 1924

Ensign, USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Tuttle '22.

March 1924

Ensign, USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Tuttle '22.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Tuttle '22.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Tuttle '22.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Tuttle '22.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Tuttle '22.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Worden

March 1925

Ensign, USS Worden

May 1925

Ensign, USS Worden

July 1925

Ensign, USS Worden

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Worden

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Worden

Others at this command: ENS Thomas Fraser '24.


Class of 1922

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