HORACE C. BUSBEY, 1LT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Horace Busbey '23

Date of birth: January 1900

Date of death: June 23, 1928

Age: 27

Naval Academy Register

Horace Carleton Busbey was admitted to the Naval Academy from Illinois on May 31, 1918 at age 18 years 5 months.

He was initially a member of the Class of 1922, but was reassigned to the Class of 1923 on July 17, 1920. However, a week later on July 24, 1920 he resigned.

Lucky Bag

"Busbey, H. C." is listed in the section of the 1923 Lucky Bag titled "Down Three Double O". Some have pictures and brief updates; Horace does not.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

2ndLT H. C. Busbey, USMC, was designated Naval Aviator #3373 in 1927. 1stLT Busbey died as result of an aircraft accident near File, Va.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, who survived him. He was also survived by his mother, and brother RADM Leroy White Busbey, Jr '18.

Other

From the May 6, 1922 issue of "Army and Navy Register and Defense Times":

Eighteen enlisted men of the Marine Corps and twelve graduates of distinguished military colleges have been confirmed by the Senate for appointment as probationary second lieutenants in the Marine Corps, and commissions were sent out to them this week. One of the enlisted men is Horace C. Busby, who at one time belonged to the Naval Academy class of 1923 and for whom special legislation was put through Congress to permit his appointment as a second lieutenant in advance of the graduation of that class.

Memorial Hall Errors

He is listed on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall as having died during the Nicaraguan Intervention of 1932. The accident that killed him occurred four years before that conflict.

Horace's last name is spelled "Busbey", not "Busby" as is on the class of 1923 panel.

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.

May 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South Carolina

July 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South Carolina

September 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South Carolina

November 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South Carolina

January 1924

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, and ENS Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23.

March 1924

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and ENS Eaton Boothe '22.

May 1924

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LTjg Thomas Zellars '21, ENS William Gray '21, and ENS Eaton Boothe '22.

July 1924

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS William Gray '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, ENS Walter Dey '24, and ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

September 1924

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Dey '24 and ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

November 1924

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Dey '24 and ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

January 1925

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Dey '24 and ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

March 1925

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Dey '24 and ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

May 1925

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

July 1925

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

October 1925

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

January 1926

2nd Lieutenant, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: ENS Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

April 1927

2nd Lieutenant, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Charles Kail '23 (Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 2LT Donald Willis '24 (Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Forces, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), and 2LT Edward Trumble '25 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

October 1927

2nd Lieutenant, Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Charles Kail '23.

January 1928

2nd Lieutenant, Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Charles Kail '23.

April 1928

1st Lieutenant, Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

July 1928

1st Lieutenant, Aircraft Squadrons, East Coast Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia


Class of 1923

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