ERNEST D. HODGE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ernest Hodge '32

Date of birth: October 19, 1909

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Ernest was lost when USS Houston (CA 30) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait. He was the ship's communications officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in California. (Note the date of death given is incorrect.)

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 West Virginia

Others at this command: CDR James Logan '10, LTjg Francis Jordan '29, ENS Philip Ashworth '31, ENS John Everett, Jr. '32, and ENS John Speer '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: CDR James Logan '10, LTjg Francis Jordan '29, ENS Philip Ashworth '31, ENS John Everett, Jr. '32, and ENS John Speer '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1933

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: CDR James Logan '10, LTjg Francis Jordan '29, ENS Philip Ashworth '31, ENS John Everett, Jr. '32, and ENS John Speer '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS Willis Thomas '31 (Battleship Division 4).

July 1933

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: CDR James Logan '10, ENS Philip Ashworth '31, ENS John Everett, Jr. '32, ENS John Speer '32, and ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Willis Thomas '31 (Battleship Division 4).

October 1933

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: CDR James Logan '10, ENS John Speer '32, and ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33.

April 1934

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: CDR James Logan '10 and ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33.

July 1934

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34.

October 1934

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Reynolds Smith '32 (Battleship Division 4), ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia).

January 1935

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Reynolds Smith '32 (Battleship Division 4), ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia).

April 1935

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Reynolds Smith '32 (Battleship Division 4), ENS Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia), ENS Allan Edmands '35 (USS West Virginia), and ENS John Powers '35 (USS West Virginia).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia), ENS Allan Edmands '35 (USS West Virginia), and ENS John Powers '35 (USS West Virginia).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: ENS Thomas Oakley, Jr. '34 (USS West Virginia), ENS Allan Edmands '35 (USS West Virginia), and ENS John Powers '35 (USS West Virginia).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Baylies Clark '30.

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LT William Haynsworth, Jr. '23 (USS West Virginia), ENS Allan Edmands '35 (USS West Virginia), ENS John Powers '35 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Frank Graham '36 (USS West Virginia).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Baylies Clark '30.

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LT William Haynsworth, Jr. '23 (USS West Virginia), ENS Allan Edmands '35 (USS West Virginia), ENS John Powers '35 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Frank Graham '36 (USS West Virginia).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Baylies Clark '30.

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LT William Haynsworth, Jr. '23 (USS West Virginia), ENS Allan Edmands '35 (USS West Virginia), ENS Keats Montross '35 (Battleship Division 4), and ENS Frank Graham '36 (USS West Virginia).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Chandler

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Chandler

June 1940

Lieutenant, under instruction, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Others at this command: LT Mannert Abele '26.

November 1940

Lieutenant, under instruction, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

April 1941

Lieutenant, under instruction, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Class of 1932

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