GEORGE W. LEHMAN, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Lehman '23

Date of birth: March 26, 1901

Date of death: April 29, 1927

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Loss

George was lost on April 29, 1927 when the aircraft he was co-piloting crashed in a storm while en route from Philadelphia to NAS Hampton Roads.

He is buried in Indiana; he was survived by his parents.

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.

September 1923

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LTjg John Burrow '21 and ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23.

November 1923

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LTjg John Burrow '21 and ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23.

January 1924

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LTjg John Burrow '21 and ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23.

March 1924

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LTjg John Burrow '21 and ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LTjg John Burrow '21 and ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: LTjg John Burrow '21, ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23, and ENS William France '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS William France '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS William France '24.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS William France '24.

March 1925

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS William France '24.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS William France '24.

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LT Oscar Erickson '16, LT John Gillon '20, LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20, LTjg James Carney '21, and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20, and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.


Class of 1923

George is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.