JACK C. FERGUSON, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jack Ferguson '35

Date of birth: July 24, 1913

Date of death: November 6, 1941

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Jack was lost on November 6, 1941 when the scout bomber he was piloting crashed at Border Field, San Diego.

He was survived by his wife and parents.

Career

He was listed as an officer aboard USS Paul Jones (DD 230) in the October 1, 1939 Navy Directory. In the June 1, 1940 Navy Directory he is listed as "under instruction" at NAS Pensacola.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #6948 on December 2, 1940.

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.

October 1935

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Douglass '32, ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, ENS George Lambert '35, ENS Hubert Harden '35, and ENS John Curtis '35.

January 1936

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, ENS George Lambert '35, ENS Hubert Harden '35, and ENS John Curtis '35.

April 1936

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, ENS George Lambert '35, ENS Hubert Harden '35, and ENS John Curtis '35.

July 1936

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, ENS George Lambert '35, ENS Hubert Harden '35, and ENS John Curtis '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Yoho '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B) and ENS Edward Blakely '34 (US Fleet).

January 1937

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, ENS George Lambert '35, ENS Hubert Harden '35, and ENS John Curtis '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Yoho '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B) and ENS Edward Blakely '34 (US Fleet).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, ENS George Lambert '35, and ENS John Curtis '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Yoho '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B) and ENS Edward Blakely '34 (US Fleet).

September 1937

Ensign, for assignment, 16th Naval District

Others at this command: LT Joyce Ralph '23 and LT John Burke '28.

January 1938

Ensign, 1st Lieutenant, USS Whipple

July 1938

Ensign, 1st Lieutenant, USS Whipple

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Paul Jones

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Paul Jones

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35, LTjg John Ennis '35, and LTjg Howard Nester, Jr. '37.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sisko '31 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Harold Shrider '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Macdonald Thompson '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), LTjg Patrick Hart '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35, LTjg Howard Nester, Jr. '37, and ENS Osborne Wiseman '38.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Victor Gadrow '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Harold Shrider '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Macdonald Thompson '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), LTjg Patrick Hart '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), ENS Curtis Howard '38 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), ENS Howard Clark '38 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), ENS Marion Dufilho '38 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), ENS William Brady '38 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1935

Jack is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.