GEORGE A. WAGNER, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Wagner, Jr. '36

Date of birth: November 10, 1914

Date of death: October 14, 1943

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Loss

George was lost when USS Dorado (SS 248) was sunk, possibly by a mine laid by a German submarine near the Panama Canal, on or about October 14, 1943. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Mississippi.

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 1936

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, 1LT Francis Williams '30, ENS Robert Brinker '34, ENS Thomas Hine '34, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Henry Gearing, III '35, ENS Ralph Beacham '35, and ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), LTjg Frederick Purdy '33 (Battle Force), and ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1937

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, 1LT Francis Williams '30, ENS Thomas Hine '34, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Henry Gearing, III '35, ENS Ralph Beacham '35, ENS Walter Bayless '36, and ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1937

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, 1LT Francis Williams '30, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Henry Gearing, III '35, ENS Ralph Beacham '35, and ENS Walter Bayless '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1938

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, CAPT Francis Williams '30, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Walter Bayless '36, ENS Earl Cassidy '37, ENS Green Goodloe '37, ENS Hugh Rimmer '37, and ENS John King '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS George Philip, Jr. '35 (Battle Force).

January 1939

Ensign, USS S-20

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-20

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Thresher

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Brinker '34.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Thresher

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Brinker '34.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Thresher

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Brinker '34.


Class of 1936

George is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.