FRED CONNAWAY, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Fred Connaway '32

Date of birth: January 22, 1911

Date of death: November 19, 1943

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

1932 Connaway 1.jpg

Fred was killed by a shell from a Japanese destroyer that struck USS Sculpin (SS 191) shortly before she was sunk on November 19, 1943.

Fred had only recently taken command of Sculpin on October 20, 1943. He seems to have had command of USS S-48 (SS 159) twice: briefly from December 1940 to January 1941 and again from December 1941 to "mid 1943."

From Sub Vet Paul:

About noon on 19 November, a close string of 18 depth charges threw SCULPIN, already at deep depth, badly out of control. The pressure hull was distorted, she was leaking, steering and diving plane gear were damaged and she was badly out of trim. Commander Connaway decided to surface and to fight clear. The ship was surfaced and went to gun action. During the battle Commander Connaway and the Gunnery Officer were on the bridge, and the Executive Officer was in the conning tower. When the destroyer placed a shell through the main induction, and one or more through the conning tower, these officers and several men were killed

There are more survivor's accounts of Sculpin's last action are posted at that page.

The 1950's TV show "Silent Service" had an episode devoted to Sculpin; it is available to view here.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

(Unable to find a citation for the Silver Star listed here.)

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty USS S-26 (SS-131) 1939
  • Under Instruction Post Graduate School United States Naval Academy 1939
  • Duty USS Sturtevant (DD-240) 1 Oct 1939 - 1 Jul 1940
  • Executive Officer USS S-13 (SS-118) 27 Oct 1940
  • Acting Captain USS S-48 (SS-159) 10 Dec 1940 - 2 Jan 1941
  • Executive Officer USS S-48 (SS-159) Jan 1941 - Dec 1941
  • Captain USS S-48 (SS-159) 1 Jan 1942 - 2 Apr 1943
  • Captain USS Sculpin (SS-191) 20 Oct 1943 - 19 Nov 1943
  • Lieutenant (j.g.) 2 Jun 1935
  • Lieutenant 26 Jun 1940
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 15 Jun 1942
  • Commander (T) 18 Nov 1942

Other

Fred's widow, Loretta, commissioned USS Sculpin (SSN-590); she is pictured on page 7 of the boat's commissioning booklet.

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 Texas

Others at this command: ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

January 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

April 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

July 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT William France '24, ENS Ralph Elden '31, ENS William Sisko '31, ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS William Widhelm '32, and ENS Francis Brown '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Ralph Elden '31, ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS William Widhelm '32, and ENS Francis Brown '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Chandler

July 1934

Ensign, USS Chandler

Others at this command: LTjg Egbert Roth '29.

October 1934

Ensign, USS Chandler

Others at this command: LTjg Egbert Roth '29.

January 1935

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: ENS John Moore '32.

April 1935

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: ENS John Moore '32.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS S-18

Others at this command: LTjg Elliott Marshall '31.

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-26

Others at this command: LT John Coll '27.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-26

Others at this command: LT John Coll '27.

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sturtevant

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sturtevant

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS S-48

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS S-48

Others at this command: LCDR Howard Gilmore '26.


Class of 1932

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