GLENN L. DUNAGAN, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Glenn Dunagan '33

Date of birth: June 25, 1909

Date of death: April 10, 1939

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Fold3:

While engaged in authorized and required flight in connection with gunnery work, SBU-1 airplane crashed, exploded and burned, at about 10.07 a.m., 10 April 1939, near Del Mar, Calif.:

  • Lieut, (jg) Glenn Lewis Dunagan, U.S.N.
  • Lieut, (jg) Thompson Clyde Guthrie, Jr., U.S.N.

The two were members of Scouting Squadron (VS) 2. Glenn had only recently earned his wings as a qualified naval aviator on December 22, 1938.

Career

Glenn graduated on June 1, 1933 with his classmates, but he was not commissioned until August 29, 1935, when he was "Appointed in accordance with act of Aug. 29, 1935" (from Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1936).

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Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 was also lost in this crash.

Memorial Hall Error

Glenn is not listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall. He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall.

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.

January 1936

Ensign, USS Cincinnati

Others at this command: CDR Norman Scott '11 and ENS Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.

April 1936

Ensign, USS Cincinnati

Others at this command: CDR Norman Scott '11, LTjg Seymour Owens '31, and ENS Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.

July 1936

Ensign, USS Cincinnati

Others at this command: CDR Norman Scott '11, LTjg James Willis '27, LTjg Seymour Owens '31, and ENS Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.

January 1937

Ensign, USS Cincinnati

Others at this command: LT James Willis '27, LTjg Seymour Owens '31, and ENS Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.

April 1937

Ensign, USS Cincinnati

Others at this command: LT James Willis '27, LTjg Seymour Owens '31, and ENS Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.

September 1937

Ensign, USS Cincinnati

Others at this command: LTjg Seymour Owens '31 and LTjg Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.


Class of 1933

Harold is one of 38 members of the Class of 1933 on Virtual Memorial Hall.