JAMES F. MCDONOUGH, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James McDonough '24

Date of birth: January 14, 1904

Date of death: July 25, 1938

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Loss

James was lost when his torpedo bomber crashed on July 25, 1938, near Norfolk, Virginia. He was a member of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 5, operating from USS Yorktown (CV 5). Two other members of the squadron, William Drumtra '34 and Aviation Cadet John R. Patch, were also killed.

(Information via Press and Sun Bulletin on Monday, July 25, 1938; scan emailed on February 10, 2018 by a researcher providing information on Bill Drumtra.)

From the newspaper report above: "A toy tricycle was found in the wreckage which McDonough was apparently bringing home to his child." He was also survived by his father, who was the Works Progress Administration head for Massachusetts.

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William Drumtra '34 was 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.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, ENS Augustus Mulvanity '23, and ENS Hubert Hayter '24.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS Augustus Mulvanity '23, and ENS Hubert Hayter '24.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LT Warner Portz '15, LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS Augustus Mulvanity '23, ENS Hubert Hayter '24, and ENS Richard Moss '24.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Arctic

July 1925

Ensign, USS Arctic

October 1925

Ensign, USS Arctic

January 1926

Ensign, USS Arctic

October 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20.

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24, and LTjg John Waldron '24.

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24, and LTjg John Waldron '24.

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg John Waldron '24.

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24.

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5S, USS Memphis

Others at or embarked at USS Memphis: LCDR Warner Portz '15 (USS Memphis), LTjg Adolph Hede '25 (USS Memphis), and LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26 (USS Memphis).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 and LTjg Henry Twohy '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), ENS John Fairbanks, Jr. '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Thorn '32 (USS Lexington).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 and LTjg Henry Twohy '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington), LTjg John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), ENS John Fairbanks, Jr. '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Thorn '32 (USS Lexington).

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 and LTjg Henry Twohy '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington), LTjg John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Thorn '32 (USS Lexington).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, LTjg Walter Dey '24, and LTjg Arthur Farrell '25.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington), LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Arthur Farrell '25, and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington), LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Arthur Farrell '25, and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington).

April 1935

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Arthur Farrell '25, and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington), and ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington).

October 1935

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS George Fuller '35 (USS Lexington), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington).

January 1936

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Walter Dey '24 and ENS William Widhelm '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), and ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger).

April 1936

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Walter Dey '24 and LTjg William Widhelm '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), and ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger).

July 1936

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 1F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

January 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 1F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

April 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 1F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

September 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28.

January 1938

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28.

July 1938

Lieutenant, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 5, USS Yorktown

Others at this command: LCDR James Craig '22 and LTjg Stuart Stephens '34.

Others at or embarked at USS Yorktown: LT Henry Dozier '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 5), LTjg James Averill '27 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 5), LT Robert Winters '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 5), LT Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 5), ENS Ned Wentz '33 (Carrier Division 2), LTjg Edward Worthington '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 5), LTjg Robert Donaldson '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 5), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Yorktown), and ENS Bethel Otter '37 (USS Yorktown).


Class of 1924

James is one of 42 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.