HARRY L. HICKS, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harry Hicks '27

Date of birth: August 6, 1904

Date of death: March 26, 1942

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Harry was lost when USS Atik (AK 101) was sunk by a German submarine 300 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia on March 26, 1942. None of her crew survived the sinking and a large explosion as the ship sank. He was the ship's commanding officer.

The Naval History and Heritage Command has details of the Q-ship program, and of Atik's brief history.

Harry's sister was listed as next of kin.

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 1928

Ensign, USS Medusa

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20.

April 1928

Ensign, USS Medusa

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20.

July 1928

Ensign, USS Medusa

Others at this command: LT Elmer Kiehl '20.

October 1928

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Charles Skelly '27, ENS Eugene Davis '27, ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28, and ENS John Bole, Jr. '28.

January 1929

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Charles Skelly '27, ENS Eugene Davis '27, ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28, and ENS John Bole, Jr. '28.

April 1929

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Charles Skelly '27, ENS Eugene Davis '27, ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28, and ENS John Bole, Jr. '28.

October 1929

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Callaway '24, ENS John Bole, Jr. '28, and ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

January 1930

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Callaway '24, ENS John Bole, Jr. '28, and ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

April 1930

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Callaway '24 and ENS John Bole, Jr. '28.

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Stephen Cooke '21 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B) and LTjg Charles Skelly '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Stephen Cooke '21 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B) and LTjg Charles Skelly '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, 16th Naval District

Others at this command: LTjg John Wymond '24.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS Black Hawk

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pillsbury

Others at this command: ENS Donald Stillman '29.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pillsbury

Others at this command: LTjg James Willis '27.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pillsbury

Others at this command: LTjg James Willis '27.

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pillsbury

Others at this command: LTjg James Willis '27.

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pillsbury

Others at this command: LTjg James Willis '27.

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Yangtze Patrol, USS Luzon

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tutuila

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11 and LT David Roberts '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Office of Judge Advocate General, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11 and LT David Roberts '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Office of Judge Advocate General, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11 and LT David Roberts '21.

July 1936

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11, LT David Roberts '21, and LTjg Joseph Flynn '27.

January 1937

Lieutenant, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Vorpahl '32 and ENS Johns Janney '36.

April 1937

Lieutenant, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Vorpahl '32 and ENS Johns Janney '36.

September 1937

Lieutenant, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Vorpahl '32, ENS Johns Janney '36, and ENS Daniel Deckelman '37.

January 1938

Lieutenant, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Vorpahl '32, ENS Johns Janney '36, and ENS Daniel Deckelman '37.

July 1938

Lieutenant, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: ENS Daniel Deckelman '37 and ENS Samuel Hunter, Jr. '38.

January 1939

Lieutenant, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: ENS Daniel Deckelman '37 and ENS Samuel Hunter, Jr. '38.

October 1939

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hamilton

June 1940

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hamilton

November 1940

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Intrepid

April 1941

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Intrepid


Class of 1927

Harry is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.