HOWARD B. BERRY, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Howard Berry, Jr. '38

Date of birth: January 17, 1917

Date of death: September 28, 1943

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Howard was lost when USS Cisco (SS 290) was sunk, likely on September 28, 1943 by Japanese ships and aircraft.

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 1938

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Wendell Froling '34, ENS Edward O'Hare '37, ENS Carl Holmstrom '38, and ENS David Sloan, Jr. '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Lance Massey '30 (Observation Squadron (VO) 3) and LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Observation Squadron (VO) 3).

January 1939

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Wendell Froling '34, ENS Edward O'Hare '37, ENS Carl Holmstrom '38, and ENS David Sloan, Jr. '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Lance Massey '30 (Observation Squadron (VO) 3) and LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Observation Squadron (VO) 3).

October 1939

Ensign, USS Tattnall

Others at this command: LTjg Richard Stephenson '35.

June 1940

Ensign, USS Tattnall

Others at this command: 1LT Ralph Haas '36.

November 1940

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: CDR Cassin Young '16, LT George MacKenzie, Jr. '31, ENS Hugh Rimmer '37, ENS David Sloan, Jr. '38, and ENS Samuel Hunter, Jr. '38.

April 1941

Ensign, USS Mackerel


Class of 1938

Howard is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.