From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Elwood Cobey, Jr. '41

Date of birth: February 19, 1919

Date of death: April 29, 1943

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Elwood Alexander Cobey, Jr. was the son of an officer in the US Navy. In 1936, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy. He graduated in March of 1941. The graduation, that year, was pushed up from June, to 7 February, 1941, because of the efforts being made to expand the Navy.

On 7 December, 1941, then Ensign E.A. Cobey was aboard the destroyer USS Breese, moored on the dock at Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor. Anti-aircraft fire from the Breese was credited with damaging several Japanese aircraft and at least one midget submarine, but the Breese and it's crew were unharmed.

Newspaper article: Evening Star (Washington, DC), April 30, 1943

Lt. Elwood A. Cobey, Jr., U.S.N., son of Capt. Cobey, of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, who lives at 3201 Thirty-third place N.W., was killed in a plane crash yesterday near the Dallas (Tex.) Naval Air Station, the Associated Press reported.

Lt. Cobey was born in Washington in 1919. After attending public schools he went to Sidwell Friends School, where he played on the football team, and then went to the Naval Academy, graduating in 1941. Lt. Cobey served on a destroyer and then was detailed to the Dallas Air Station.

He is survived by his parents and two sisters, the Misses Betty B. Cobey, a senior at Sidwell Friends School, and Margaret B. Cobey, a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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.

April 1941

Ensign, USS Breese

Class of 1941

Elwood is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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