HENRY D. BATTERTON, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Batterton '23

Date of birth: March 31, 1900

Date of death: August 11, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Henry was lost on August 11, 1942 when a "signal depth charge" accidentally exploded off Port Angeles, Washington. It was reported he had been active in minesweeping and patrol duties.

He was survived by his wife and daughter, his mother, and his first wife (with whom he had no children). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Register of Alumni gives "Port Angeles, WA" and his date of death. His loss was listed in the October 1942 issue of Shipmate: "HENRY DONALD BATTERTON, '23, Lt. Comdr., U.S.N. Died 11 August, 1942, off Port Angelus, Washington. Accidental explosion of signal depth charge."

Other

His wife sponsored USS San Carlos (AVP 51).

Related Articles

Henry divorced his first wife, Dorothy, in 1934. She later married his classmate, Louis Drexler, Jr. '23, who was killed in action in Okinawa.

Memorial Hall Error

Henry is not listed in Memorial Hall with his classmates. 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.

July 1923

Ensign, USS New Mexico

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

September 1923

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, and ENS William McCrea '22.

November 1923

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, and ENS William McCrea '22.

January 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Brandenburger '21 and ENS William McCrea '22.

March 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Brandenburger '21 and ENS William McCrea '22.

May 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Brandenburger '21 and ENS William McCrea '22.

July 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Brandenburger '21 and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14, ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14, ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

January 1925

Ensign, Battle Fleet Staff, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Albert Rooks '14, ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, and ENS Willford Hyman '24.

March 1925

Ensign, Battle Fleet Staff, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS John Welch '23 and ENS Fitzhugh Rhea '24.

May 1925

Ensign, Battle Fleet Staff, USS West Virginia

July 1925

Ensign, Battle Fleet Staff, USS West Virginia

October 1925

Ensign, Battle Fleet Staff, USS West Virginia

January 1926

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1).

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

October 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stoddert

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Stoddert

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tattnall

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, San Diego

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, San Diego

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, San Diego

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, San Diego

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, San Diego

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, San Diego

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Neches

October 1932

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

January 1933

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

April 1933

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

July 1933

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

October 1933

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

April 1934

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

Others at this command: LTjg Joshua Nix '30.

July 1934

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

Others at this command: LTjg Joshua Nix '30.

October 1934

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

Others at this command: LTjg Joshua Nix '30.

January 1935

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

Others at this command: LTjg Joshua Nix '30.

April 1935

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Neches

Others at this command: LTjg John Craig '30 and LTjg Joshua Nix '30.

October 1935

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10.

January 1936

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10.

April 1936

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10.

July 1936

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Mark Crouter '20, LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22, and LTjg Warren Graf '27.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Elmer Kiehl '20 (Naval Gun Factory), LT William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), and LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station).

January 1937

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Warren Graf '27.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Elmer Kiehl '20 (Naval Gun Factory), LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Experimental Diving Unit), LT William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), and LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station).

April 1937

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT William France '24 and LT Warren Graf '27.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Elmer Kiehl '20 (Naval Gun Factory), LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Experimental Diving Unit), and LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station).

September 1937

Lieutenant, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LTjg Millard Klein '31.

January 1938

Lieutenant, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LTjg Millard Klein '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

July 1938

Lieutenant, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LT Willford Hyman '24, ENS Roy Green, Jr. '38, and ENS William Brady '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

January 1939

Lieutenant, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LT Willford Hyman '24, LTjg Richard Boutelle '34, ENS Roy Green, Jr. '38, and ENS William Brady '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

October 1939

Lieutenant Commander, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LTjg Richard Boutelle '34, ENS William Brady '38, ENS Charles Kovaleski '39, and ENS Robert Guiler, III '39.

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Eagle 57

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Eagle 57

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Eagle 57


Class of 1923

Henry is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.