HENRY A. BRANDENBURGER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Brandenburger '21

Date of birth: May 1, 1898

Date of death: May 21, 1935

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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Lt. (Junior Grade) H. A. Brandenburger, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3256 in 1926. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1921 (graduating in 1920 due to the World War).

LT Brandenburger, along with his entire crew of six, died when their seaplane crashed near Midway Is. in the Pacific during fleet exercises.

Despite a massive search effort by the U.S. Fleet, no bodies were ever recovered.

He was a member of Patrol Squadron (VP) 6F.

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Charles Skelly '27 was also lost in this crash.

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 1921

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LT George Cuddihy '18 and ENS Thomas Zellars '21.

January 1922

Ensign, USS Barker

May 1923

Ensign, USS Abarenda

July 1923

Ensign, USS Abarenda

September 1923

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, ENS William McCrea '22, and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

November 1923

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, ENS William McCrea '22, and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

January 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS William McCrea '22 and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

March 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS William McCrea '22 and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

May 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS William McCrea '22 and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

July 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Batterton '23 and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14, ENS Henry Batterton '23, and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14, ENS Henry Batterton '23, and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

January 1925

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14, ENS Henry Batterton '23, and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14 and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14.

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron 2, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19, ENS Harold Madsen '25, and ENS John Reybold '26.

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2, USS Langley

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15.

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Frederick Buse '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LTjg George Covell '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1), and LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1).

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LTjg James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), and LTjg George Covell '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1).

October 1927

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B, USS New Mexico

Others at or embarked at USS New Mexico: LT Festus Foster '19 (USS New Mexico) and ENS Julian Morrison, Jr. '25 (USS New Mexico).

January 1928

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B, USS New Mexico

Others at or embarked at USS New Mexico: LT Festus Foster '19 (USS New Mexico) and ENS Gerald Dyson '27 (USS New Mexico).

April 1928

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B, USS New Mexico

Others at or embarked at USS New Mexico: LT Festus Foster '19 (USS New Mexico) and ENS Gerald Dyson '27 (USS New Mexico).

July 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

October 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

January 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

April 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

July 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

October 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

January 1930

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

April 1930

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

October 1930

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Burton Doggett '24, LTjg Hilan Ebert '26, ENS William Potts '27, ENS Baylies Clark '30, and ENS Robert Haven '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Bridget '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

January 1931

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Burton Doggett '24, LTjg Hilan Ebert '26, ENS Baylies Clark '30, and ENS Robert Haven '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Bridget '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

April 1931

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Hilan Ebert '26, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and ENS Baylies Clark '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LT Francis Bridget '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), and ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B).

July 1931

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS Cleon Felton '31, ENS Edward Allen '31, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, and ENS Walter Bailey '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), and ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

October 1931

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS John Craig '30, ENS Cleon Felton '31, ENS Edward Allen '31, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, and ENS Walter Bailey '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

January 1932

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS John Craig '30, ENS Cleon Felton '31, ENS Edward Allen '31, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, and ENS Walter Bailey '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

April 1932

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS John Craig '30, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, and ENS Walter Bailey '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

October 1932

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, ENS Walter Bailey '31, ENS Albert Major, Jr. '32, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, ENS John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Sample '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Ault '22 (Torpedo and Bombing Squadron (VT) 1S), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), and ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S).

January 1933

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, ENS Walter Bailey '31, ENS Albert Major, Jr. '32, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, ENS John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Sample '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Ault '22 (Torpedo and Bombing Squadron (VT) 1S), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S), and ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S).

April 1933

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: CDR Henry Cecil '10, LT Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Walter Bailey '31, ENS Albert Major, Jr. '32, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, ENS John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Ault '22 (Torpedo and Bombing Squadron (VT) 1S), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

July 1933

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 and LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27.

October 1933

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 and LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27.

April 1934

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Skelly '27 and LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27.

July 1934

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg John Waldron '24, LTjg Charles Skelly '27, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, and LTjg John Yoho '29.

October 1934

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LT John Waldron '24, LTjg Charles Skelly '27, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, and LTjg John Yoho '29.

January 1935

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LT John Waldron '24, LTjg Charles Skelly '27, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, and LTjg John Yoho '29.

April 1935

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 6F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LT John Waldron '24, LTjg Charles Skelly '27, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, and LTjg John Yoho '29.


Class of 1921

Henry is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.