HENRY B. CECIL, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Cecil '10

Date of birth: February 17, 1888

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 45

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Henry was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933. He was aboard as the Flight Division Head of Bureau of Aeronautics. He was naval aviator #42.

Henry was survived by his wife and several siblings.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

Namesake

Naval Air Station Cecil Field was named for him.

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William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Frank McCord '11, Harold Maclellan '18, Joseph Severyns '20, George Calnan '20, Richard Cross, Jr. '21, Herbert Wescoat '23, Robert Sayre '24, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Morgan Redfield '26, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost when USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed into the sea off San Francisco on April 4, 1933.

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 1911

Midshipman, Idaho

January 1912

Midshipman, Idaho

Others at this command: MIDN John Zenor '11 and MIDN Norman Scott '11.

January 1913

Ensign, Monterey

January 1914

Ensign, Monadnock

January 1915

Ensign, USS Palos

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Aeronatic Station, Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Robert Cabaniss '06, LT Grattan Dichman '07, LT Zachary Lansdowne '09, LTjg Emory Coil '12, LTjg Nathan Chase '12, and ENS Henry Hoyt '14.

March 1918

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Aviation Headquarters, Paris, France

January 1919

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Base, Brest, France

Others at this command: LCDR William Corry '10 and LTjg Van Moore '19.

January 1920

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CDR Robert Cabaniss '06, LT Robert Farrar '15, LT Augustus Selman '16, LT Robert Fleming '17, and LT Stanton Wooster '17.

January 1921

Lieutenant Commander, USS Shawnut

January 1922

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Air Squadrons, Atlantic Fleet

May 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and LT Hugo Schmidt '16.

July 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and LT Hugo Schmidt '16.

September 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Robert Burg '08, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15.

November 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Robert Burg '08, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and LT Robert Fleming '17.

January 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Robert Burg '08, LCDR Zachary Lansdowne '09, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and LT Robert Fleming '17.

March 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Robert Burg '08, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15.

May 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Robert Burg '08, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and LT Howard Councill '17.

July 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, and LT Howard Councill '17.

September 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, ENS Henry Mullinnix '16, and ENS Howard Councill '17.

November 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

January 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

March 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

May 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

July 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

October 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

January 1926

Lieutenant Commander, Assistant Naval Attaché, Rome, Italy

October 1926

Lieutenant Commander, Battle Fleet Staff aviation officer, USS California

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11 and LT Horatio Sickel, IV '20.

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Battle Fleet Staff aviation officer, USS California

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11 and LT Horatio Sickel, IV '20.

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Battle Fleet Staff aviation officer, USS California

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11 and LT Horatio Sickel, IV '20.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2).

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

January 1928

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Thalbert Alford '09 (Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet).

April 1928

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Thalbert Alford '09 (Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet).

July 1928

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Thalbert Alford '09 (Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet).

October 1928

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

January 1929

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

April 1929

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Wright

July 1929

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

October 1929

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

January 1930

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

April 1930

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

October 1930

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

January 1931

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

April 1931

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90 and CDR Walter Webster '11.

July 1931

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LCDR Robert Fleming '17.

October 1931

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LCDR Robert Fleming '17.

January 1932

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LCDR Robert Fleming '17.

April 1932

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LCDR Robert Fleming '17.

October 1932

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LCDR Robert Fleming '17.

January 1933

Commander, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LCDR Robert Fleming '17.

April 1933

Commander, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LT Henry Brandenburger '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).


Class of 1910

Henry is one of 15 members of the Class of 1910 on Virtual Memorial Hall.