JACOB W. BRITT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jacob Britt '29

Date of birth: May 1, 1905

Date of death: March 3, 1942

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Jacob was lost when USS Asheville (PG 21) was sunk by Japanese surface forces on March 3, 1942. He was the gunboat's commanding officer. There was only one known survivor of the ship's sinking.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

He was aboard USS Salinas (AO 19) from 1932-1934, and USS Warrington (DD 383) from 1935-1938.

From Find A Grave:

Jacob entered the U.S. Naval Academy on June 19, 1925. He was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on June 6, 1932, Promoted to Lieutenant on June 30, 1937 and was Promoted to Lieutenant Commander on January 1, 1942.

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 1929

none (in Officer Register)

October 1929

none (in Officer Register)

January 1930

none (in Officer Register)

April 1930

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 and ENS Henry Twohy '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), and ENS Julian Greer '27 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B).

October 1930

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Charles Hart '30, ENS Dudley Morton '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS John Craig '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

January 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Charles Hart '30, ENS Dudley Morton '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS John Craig '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

April 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS James Kyes '30, and ENS James Clarkson '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

July 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, and ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

October 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, and ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

January 1932

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, and ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

April 1932

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, and ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Mathias Wyatt '29 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, ENS Leo Crane '31, ENS Frank Latta '32, and ENS George Ottinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, ENS Leo Crane '31, ENS Frank Latta '32, and ENS George Ottinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, ENS Leo Crane '31, ENS Frank Latta '32, and ENS George Ottinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), and ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (Aircraft Squadrons).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Salinas

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Salinas

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Salinas

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Barry

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Barry

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Barry

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ellis

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ellis

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ellis

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ellis

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

September 1937

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

January 1938

Lieutenant, under instruction, Ford Instrument Company, Long Island City, New York

July 1938

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Warrington

Others at this command: ENS Henry Gearing, III '35.

January 1939

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Warrington

Others at this command: LTjg Henry Gearing, III '35.

October 1939

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Warrington

Others at this command: LTjg Henry Gearing, III '35, ENS Donald Hamilton, Jr. '38, and ENS Walter Hering '38.

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Asheville

Others at this command: LT Lion Miles '31.

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Asheville

Others at this command: LT Lion Miles '31 and LTjg John Hays '36.


Class of 1929

Jacob is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.