HENRY F. GRAHAM, SR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Graham, Sr. '40

Date of birth: December 10, 1917

Date of death: April 11, 1945

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Hank was lost when his F4U-4 Corsair was shot down while attacking targets in Tokunoshima (near Okinawa) on April 11, 1945. He was a member of Bombing Fighting Squadron (VBF) 83, flying from USS Essex (CV 9).

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Henry F. Graham, Sr. (NSN: 0-85210), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot and Division Leader over Kyushu, Japan, from 18 March 1945 to 11 April 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: March 18 - April 11, 1945
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Memorial Hall Error

Henry is listed as "Sr." in most records but not 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.

June 1940

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21 and ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: CAPT Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4), LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4), and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).

November 1940

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21 and ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: RADM Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4), LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4), and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).

April 1941

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21, ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40, and ENS Wendell Thompson '41.

Others at or embarked at this command: RADM Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4) and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).


Class of 1940

Henry is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.