HOWARD F. COUNCILL, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Howard Councill '17

Date of birth: May 23, 1895

Date of death: July 31, 1926

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1917 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Howard was lost on July 31, 1926 when the plane he was piloting crashed near Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. The crewman aboard was also lost.

He was survived by his mother. Howard is buried in North Carolina.

Career

Howard was Ordinance and Gunnery Officer, and also the Communications Officer of USS Maui (ID 1514) while that ship was in service as a troop transport in 1918-1919.

Memorial Hall Error

Howard's last name is spelled with two Ls; Memorial Hall has only one.

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.

March 1918

Lieutenant (j.g.), without orders

January 1919

Lieutenant, The receiving ship at New York

January 1920

Lieutenant, USS Worden

January 1921

Lieutenant, USS Tracy

January 1922

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LT Louis Roth '13, LT Andrew Reaves '17, LT Roger Armstrong '18, LTjg Arthur Thurston '19, and LTjg Van Moore '19.

May 1923

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10 and LT Oscar Erickson '16.

July 1923

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10 and LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

January 1924

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

March 1924

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

May 1924

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Robert Burg '08, LCDR Henry Cecil '10, CDR Walter Webster '11, and LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15.

July 1924

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Henry Cecil '10, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and LT Henry Mullinnix '16.

September 1924

Ensign, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, LCDR Henry Cecil '10, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, and ENS Henry Mullinnix '16.

November 1924

Ensign, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15, ENS Henry Mullinnix '16, and LT Stanton Wooster '17.

January 1925

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, and LT Stanton Wooster '17.

March 1925

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, and LT Stanton Wooster '17.

May 1925

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, and LT Stanton Wooster '17.

July 1925

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR Walter Webster '11, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, LT Stanton Wooster '17, and LTjg Frank Conant, II '20.

October 1925

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR John Rodgers '03, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, LT Stanton Wooster '17, and LTjg Frank Conant, II '20.

January 1926

Lieutenant, Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: RADM William Moffett '90, CDR John Rodgers '03, LT Henry Mullinnix '16, LT Stanton Wooster '17, and LTjg Frank Conant, II '20.


Class of 1917

Howard is one of 9 members of the Class of 1917 on Virtual Memorial Hall.