JAMES V. CARNEY, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Carney '21

Date of birth: February 14, 1898

Date of death: December 16, 1942

Age: 44

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


Loss

James was lost on December 16, 1942 when the SBD Dauntless he was piloting developed engine problems and crashed near Guadalcanal.

He was the commanding officer of Naval Construction Battalion 14, which had repaired Henderson Field and was nearly complete in completing an emergency runway at Koli Point, Guadalcanal, when James was lost. (He had landed and taken off earlier to test the work.) The crewman aboard was also killed.

He was designated naval aviator #3195 in 1925.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was originally buried in Guadalcanal, but is now buried in California.

Namesake

The airstrip his battalion constructed was named "Carney Field" in his honor.

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 1922

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Lyman Swenson '16 and ENS Samuel Arthur '20.

May 1923

Ensign, USS La Vallette

July 1923

Ensign, USS La Vallette

September 1923

Ensign, USS La Vallette

November 1923

Ensign, USS La Vallette

January 1924

Ensign, USS La Vallette

March 1924

Ensign, USS La Vallette

May 1924

Ensign, USS La Vallette

July 1924

Ensign, USS La Vallette

November 1924

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: ENS Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg John Burrow '21, LTjg William Gray '21, ENS John Lenhart '21, ENS William Ault '22, ENS William Beyrer '22, and ENS Eaton Boothe '22.

January 1925

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg William Gray '21, LTjg John Jones '21, ENS John Lenhart '21, ENS Addis Nelson '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg John Jones '21, LTjg John Lenhart '21, ENS Addis Nelson '21, LTjg William Ault '22, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Conant, II '20, LTjg John Jones '21, LTjg John Lenhart '21, LTjg Addis Nelson '21, LTjg William Ault '22, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, and ENS William Davis '22.

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Langley

Others at this command: CDR John Rodgers '03 and LTjg Eaton Boothe '22USS Langley.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Langley

Others at this command: LTjg Eaton Boothe '22USS Langley.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Samuel Arthur '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Frederick Buse '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2), and LTjg John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet).

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT Oscar Erickson '16 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LT Frederick Buse '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LTjg George Covell '22 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), and LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet).

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LT Oscar Erickson '16, LT John Gillon '20, LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20, LTjg George Lehman '23, and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LTjg Henry Brandenburger '21 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), and LTjg George Covell '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1).

October 1927

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 1B), LT Paul Thompson '19 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LTjg Herbert Ballinger '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Richard Moss '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and LTjg Fitzhugh Rhea '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

January 1928

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LCDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Langley), LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 1B), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), and LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

April 1928

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (USS Saratoga), ENS John Crane '26 (USS Saratoga), ENS Morgan Redfield '26 (USS Saratoga), ENS Henry Dozier '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Eugene Lindsey '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Arthur Loeser '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Clinton Rounds '27 (USS Saratoga).

October 1930

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Langley), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Langley), and LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

January 1931

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Langley), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Langley), and LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

April 1931

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Henry Brandenburger '21 (USS Lexington), LT Francis Bridget '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT Edwin Crouch '21 (USS Lexington), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), and ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Lexington).

July 1931

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Henry Brandenburger '21 (USS Lexington), LT Edwin Crouch '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Allen '31 (USS Lexington), ENS Walter Bailey '31 (USS Lexington), ENS Cleon Felton '31 (USS Lexington), and ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (USS Lexington).

October 1931

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Henry Brandenburger '21 (USS Lexington), LT Edwin Crouch '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Lexington), ENS John Craig '30 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Allen '31 (USS Lexington), ENS Walter Bailey '31 (USS Lexington), ENS Cleon Felton '31 (USS Lexington), and ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (USS Lexington).

January 1932

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Henry Brandenburger '21 (USS Lexington), LT Edwin Crouch '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Lexington), ENS John Craig '30 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Allen '31 (USS Lexington), ENS Walter Bailey '31 (USS Lexington), ENS Cleon Felton '31 (USS Lexington), and ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (USS Lexington).

April 1932

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Henry Brandenburger '21 (USS Lexington), LT Edwin Crouch '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg John Waldron '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Dick Downer '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27 (USS Lexington), LTjg Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Lexington), ENS John Craig '30 (USS Lexington), ENS Walter Bailey '31 (USS Lexington), and ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (USS Lexington).

October 1932

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Julian Greer '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California).

January 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Julian Greer '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California).

April 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Julian Greer '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California) and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California).

July 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, LTjg Julian Greer '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California).

October 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, LTjg Julian Greer '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Lofton Henderson '26 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California) and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California).

April 1934

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, LTjg Julian Greer '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Lofton Henderson '26 (Aircraft Two, Fleet Marine Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California) and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Two, Fleet Marine Force, Naval Air Station San Diego, California).

July 1934

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15, LTjg Lance Massey '30, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS Edward Worthington '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR William Sample '19 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B).

October 1934

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15, LTjg Lance Massey '30, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS Edward Worthington '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR William Sample '19 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

January 1935

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT William Eaton '21, LTjg Lance Massey '30, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS Edward Worthington '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR William Sample '19 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

April 1935

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT William Eaton '21, LTjg Lance Massey '30, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS Edward Worthington '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR William Sample '19 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

October 1935

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT William Eaton '21, ENS John Eichmann '35, ENS George Fuller '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

January 1936

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT William Eaton '21, ENS John Eichmann '35, ENS George Fuller '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), and LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

April 1936

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16, LT William Eaton '21, ENS John Eichmann '35, ENS George Fuller '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), and LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

July 1936

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 9F

January 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 9F

April 1937

Lieutenant, executive officer, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 9F

September 1937

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

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, LCDR Stephen Cooke '21, and LT Clair Miller '29.

January 1938

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

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, LCDR Stephen Cooke '21, and LT Clair Miller '29.

July 1938

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

Others at this command: LCDR Stephen Cooke '21.

January 1939

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

Others at this command: LCDR Stephen Cooke '21.

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Hulbert

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Hulbert

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Hulbert


Class of 1921

James is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.