HUGO SCHMIDT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Hugo Schmidt '16

Date of birth: February 8, 1895

Date of death: February 27, 1928

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1916 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Hugo was lost on February 27, 1928, when the plane he was aboard crashed en route to Annapolis.

He was designated naval aviator #2897 in 1920.

Hugo is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Rogers Ransehousen '21 and Theodore Ellyson '05 were also lost in this crash.

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.

January 1917

Ensign, USS Sampson

March 1918

Lieutenant, USS Sampson

January 1919

Lieutenant, USS Breckenridge

January 1920

Lieutenant, USS Breckenridge

January 1921

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CDR Robert Cabaniss '06, LCDR Cecil Johnston '11, LCDR Louis Roth '13, LT Oscar Erickson '16, and LT Fred Byers '18.

May 1923

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

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

July 1923

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

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

September 1923

Lieutenant, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LCDR Nathan Chase '12, LT Fred Byers '18, and LTjg Eugene Burkett '20.

January 1924

Lieutenant, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LCDR Nathan Chase '12, LT George Cuddihy '18, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Walther Maser '19, LTjg Eugene Burkett '20, and LTjg Frank Conant, II '20.

May 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

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

July 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LT Conrad Krez '16, and LT William Garrett '18.

September 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: CDR Grattan Dichman '07 and LT William Garrett '18.

November 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LT William Garrett '18.

January 1925

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

March 1925

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

May 1925

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

July 1925

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

October 1925

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

January 1926

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

October 1926

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

Others at this command: LT William Hactor '15 and LT Thomas Fisher '18.

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station San Diego

Others at this command: LCDR William Hactor '15 and LT Thomas Fisher '18.

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station San Diego

Others at this command: LCDR William Hactor '15 and LT Thomas Fisher '18.

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, USS Lexington

Others at this command: CDR Theodore Ellyson '05, ENS William Graham, Jr. '25, and ENS Eugene Karpe '26.

January 1928

Lieutenant Commander, USS Lexington

Others at this command: CDR Theodore Ellyson '05, ENS William Graham, Jr. '25, ENS Eugene Karpe '26, ENS Wilfred Bushnell '26, ENS Harold Sheehan '27, and ENS William Potts '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Rogers Ransehousen '21 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5S).


Class of 1916

Hugo is one of 16 members of the Class of 1916 on Virtual Memorial Hall.