HENRY E. BROSSY, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Brossy '31

Date of birth: July 27, 1908

Date of death: February 16, 1943

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Henry was lost when USS Amberjack (SS 219) was sunk by a patrol craft on February 16, 1943 near Rabaul. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife 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.

July 1931

Ensign, USS Gilmer

October 1931

Ensign, USS Gilmer

January 1932

Ensign, USS Gilmer

April 1932

Ensign, USS Gilmer

October 1932

Ensign, USS Gilmer

January 1933

Ensign, USS Gilmer

April 1933

Ensign, USS Gilmer

July 1933

Ensign, USS Chicago

Others at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 and ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), and ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5).

October 1933

Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Indianapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Indianapolis: ENS Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (USS Indianapolis).

April 1934

Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Indianapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Indianapolis: ENS Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (USS Indianapolis).

July 1934

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30, ENS Willis Thomas '31, and ENS Charles Brindupke '32.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30, LTjg Willis Thomas '31, and ENS Charles Brindupke '32.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30.

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-24

October 1939

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Mustin

June 1940

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Mustin

November 1940

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Mustin

Others at this command: ENS John Shepherd, III '39.

April 1941

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Grayson


Class of 1931

Henry is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.