EDWARD D. ROBERTSON, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Robertson '35

Date of birth: January 7, 1913

Date of death: December 2, 1943

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Edward was lost when USS Capelin (SS 289) was lost in early December 1943, possibly to a mine or surface attack. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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 1935

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27, ENS Frederick Purdy '33, ENS Philip Torrey, Jr. '34, ENS Walker Ethridge '34, ENS George Philip, Jr. '35, and ENS Manning Kimmel '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Ault '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS George Klinsmann '33 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

January 1936

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27, ENS Philip Torrey, Jr. '34, ENS Walker Ethridge '34, ENS George Philip, Jr. '35, and ENS Manning Kimmel '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Ault '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS George Klinsmann '33 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1936

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27, ENS Philip Torrey, Jr. '34, ENS George Philip, Jr. '35, and ENS Manning Kimmel '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Ault '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Walker Ethridge '34 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1936

Ensign, USS Williamson

January 1937

Ensign, USS Williamson

Others at this command: ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34.

April 1937

Ensign, USS Williamson

Others at this command: ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34.

September 1937

Ensign, USS Williamson

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34.

January 1938

Ensign, USS Williamson

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34.

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Williamson

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Williamson

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Hine '34, ENS Ernest Cody '38, and ENS Robert Blauvelt '38.

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

Others at this command: ENS Robert Blauvelt '38.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

Others at this command: ENS Robert Blauvelt '38.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: CDR Cassin Young '16, LT George MacKenzie, Jr. '31, ENS Fred Newell, Jr. '37, ENS Conde Raguet '38, ENS Claude Goodman, Jr. '39, and ENS Richard Helm '39.


Class of 1935

Edward is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.