FORD L. WALLACE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ford Wallace '31

Date of birth: December 7, 1907

Date of death: August 23, 1937

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Ford's was lost on August 23, 1937 when the seaplane he was aboard crashed into San Diego Bay on August 23, 1937.

He is buried in California.

The 1937 Navy Directory lists him as a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 6B, aboard USS Saratoga (CV 3). He earned his wings as naval aviator #4074 on November 12, 1934.

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William Freshour '31 and Walter Dey '34 were also lost in this crash.

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 1931

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg Julian Jordan '25 and LTjg William Hank '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

October 1931

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg Julian Jordan '25 and LTjg William Hank '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS John Collett '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

January 1932

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg William Hank '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS John Collett '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

April 1932

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg William Hank '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS John Collett '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

October 1932

Ensign, USS Tattnall

January 1933

Ensign, USS Tattnall

April 1933

Ensign, USS Tattnall

July 1933

Ensign, USS Williamson

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Arnold Isbell '21, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Edward Blessman '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Carl Lindgren '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga).

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23, LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, and LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Signer '26, LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, and LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Signer '26, LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, and LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Signer '26, LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, and LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, LTjg William Pye, Jr. '28, LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, and LTjg George Bellinger '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Gerald Dyson '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg John Collett '29 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Leonard Southerland '27, LT William Pye, Jr. '28, LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, and LTjg George Bellinger '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Dixie Kiefer '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT John Waldron '24 (USS Saratoga), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Gerald Dyson '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg John Collett '29 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Leonard Southerland '27, LT William Pye, Jr. '28, LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, and LTjg George Bellinger '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Dixie Kiefer '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT John Waldron '24 (USS Saratoga), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Gerald Dyson '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg John Collett '29 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1931

Ford is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.