HOWARD R. HEALY, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Howard Healy '22

Date of birth: March 28, 1899

Date of death: May 8, 1942

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Howard was lost when USS Lexington (CV 2) was sunk on May 8, 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was the ship's damage control officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by two sons, Howard, Jr. (age 9 in 1943) and Thomas (age 7). Howard Jr. retired a Navy Captain and naval aviator; Thomas was killed in a car crash in 1962 while an Ensign in submarine school.

Biography

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From Wikipedia:

Healy was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1922. After serving on various ships of the fleet and as an instructor at the Naval Academy, Healy commanded Dorsey (DD-117) 1937–1939.

After a tour at Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R.I., Comdr. Healy reported 13 March 1941 as Damage Control Officer on board Lexington. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lexington took two torpedoes and two bomb hits 8 May 1942, and despite heroic damage control could not be saved.

Commander Healy died on board and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his courage, leadership, and professional excellence during the battle to save his ship. Commander Healy perished at his battle station.

Commander Healy lived at 236 Roswell Avenue, Long Beach, California at the time of his death

Bronze Star

Unable to find the citation of the Bronze Star he was awarded.

Namesake

"Kearny, New Jersey, July 4 1943, holding bottles in their hands that they smashed against the prows of the vessels named for their husbands, both former Lieutenant Commanders, Mrs. Ralph Hickox (Left) of Washington D.C., Mrs. Howard R. Healy of Long Beach, California, participated in the launching ceremonies for the destroyers USS Hickox (DD-673) and USS Healy (DD-672) respectively on July 4 1943, at the Kearny Shipyards of U.S. Steel's Federal Shipbuilding Company. Their husbands, both Naval Heroes, died in action in the present war. Photo courtesy of the Acme Newspictures."

USS Healy (DD 672) was named for Howard; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

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

Ensign, USS Delaware

Others at this command: ENS Richard Waggener '22.

July 1923

Ensign, USS Delaware

September 1923

Ensign, temporary orders, Naval Communications, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

November 1923

Ensign, USS Bruce

January 1924

Ensign, USS Bruce

March 1924

Ensign, Communications Office, Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Thalbert Alford '09 and LT Cassin Young '16.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command: LTjg John Jones '21.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command: LTjg John Jones '21.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command: LTjg John Jones '21.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command: LTjg John Jones '21.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Trenton

March 1925

Ensign, USS Trenton

May 1925

Ensign, USS Trenton

July 1925

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command: ENS Hubert Waters '25.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trenton

Others at this command: ENS Hubert Waters '25.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trenton

Others at this command: ENS Hubert Waters '25.

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trenton

Others at this command: ENS Hubert Waters '25.

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trenton

Others at this command: ENS Hubert Waters '25.

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trenton

Others at this command: ENS Hubert Waters '25.

October 1928

Lieutenant, under instruction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

January 1929

Lieutenant, under instruction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

April 1929

Lieutenant, under instruction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

July 1929

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21.

October 1929

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21.

January 1930

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21.

April 1930

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21.

October 1930

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Oddle Anderson '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Cleaveland Miller '29.

April 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Cleaveland Miller '29.

July 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Seymour Owens '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 and ENS Seymour Owens '31.

January 1932

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 and ENS Seymour Owens '31.

April 1932

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 and ENS Seymour Owens '31.

October 1932

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Black '26, LTjg Henry Dozier '27, ENS Robert Germany, Jr. '30, ENS Seymour Owens '31, ENS Francis Douglass '32, and ENS James Kemper '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet).

January 1933

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Black '26, LTjg Henry Dozier '27, ENS Robert Germany, Jr. '30, ENS Seymour Owens '31, ENS Francis Douglass '32, and ENS James Kemper '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet).

April 1933

Lieutenant, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Black '26, LTjg Henry Dozier '27, ENS Robert Germany, Jr. '30, ENS Seymour Owens '31, ENS Francis Douglass '32, and ENS James Kemper '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet).

July 1936

Lieutenant, USS Goff

January 1937

Lieutenant, USS Goff

April 1937

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Goff

September 1937

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Dorsey

January 1938

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Dorsey

July 1938

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Dorsey

January 1939

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Dorsey

October 1939

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LTjg Winsor Gale '31.

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island


Class of 1922

Howard is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.