HENRY C. GEARING, III, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Gearing, III '35

Date of birth: August 6, 1912

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Henry was lost when USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.

He had "joined Juneau as a Lieutenant in 1942."

His grandmother was listed as next of kin, though he was also survived by his father, Captain Henry Gearing, Jr., USN, Class of 1907. He has a memory marker in the Naval Academy cemetery. Henry's grandfather was a Commander and Class of 1872.

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.

October 1935

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Norman Ives '20, ENS John McMahon '34, ENS Robert Brinker '34, ENS Royal Ingersoll, II '34, ENS Thomas Hine '34, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS John Ennis '35, ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35, and ENS Ralph Beacham '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (Battle Force) and LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1936

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Norman Ives '20, ENS John McMahon '34, ENS Robert Brinker '34, ENS Royal Ingersoll, II '34, ENS Thomas Hine '34, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS John Ennis '35, ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35, and ENS Ralph Beacham '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (Battle Force), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), and ENS Frederick Purdy '33 (Battle Force).

July 1936

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, 1LT Francis Williams '30, ENS Robert Brinker '34, ENS Thomas Hine '34, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Ralph Beacham '35, ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36, and ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), LTjg Frederick Purdy '33 (Battle Force), and ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1937

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, 1LT Francis Williams '30, ENS Thomas Hine '34, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Ralph Beacham '35, ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36, ENS Walter Bayless '36, and ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1937

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, 1LT Francis Williams '30, ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Ralph Beacham '35, ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36, and ENS Walter Bayless '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1938

Ensign, USS Warrington

July 1938

Ensign, USS Warrington

Others at this command: LT Jacob Britt '29.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Warrington

Others at this command: LT Jacob Britt '29.

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Warrington

Others at this command: LT Jacob Britt '29, ENS Donald Hamilton, Jr. '38, and ENS Walter Hering '38.

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Warrington

Others at this command: ENS Donald Hamilton, Jr. '38 and ENS Walter Hering '38.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Warrington

Others at this command: ENS Donald Hamilton, Jr. '38 and ENS Walter Hering '38.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Vixen

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Robert Smith '20 (Submarines, Atlantic Fleet) and LCDR Charles Tolman, Jr. '25 (Submarines, Atlantic Fleet).


Class of 1935

Henry is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.