JOHN F. FAIRBANKS, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Fairbanks, Jr. '32

Date of birth: August 7, 1924

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 17

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

John was lost when USS Edsall (DD 219) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 by Japanese surface and air forces. He was the ship's executive officer.

His sister was listed as next of kin.

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 1932

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LT Henry Brandenburger '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, ENS Walter Bailey '31, ENS Albert Major, Jr. '32, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Sample '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Ault '22 (Torpedo and Bombing Squadron (VT) 1S), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), and ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Edwin Crouch '21, LT Henry Brandenburger '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, ENS Walter Bailey '31, ENS Albert Major, Jr. '32, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Sample '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT William Ault '22 (Torpedo and Bombing Squadron (VT) 1S), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5S), ENS John Yoho '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S), ENS Edwin Kelly '30 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS Lance Massey '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S), and ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3S).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: CDR Henry Cecil '10, LT Edwin Crouch '21, LT Henry Brandenburger '21, LTjg Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS Walter Bailey '31, ENS Albert Major, Jr. '32, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Ault '22 (Torpedo and Bombing Squadron (VT) 1S), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS 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), and ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), 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), and ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS William Thorn '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Henry Twohy '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), 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), and ENS Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Leary

Others at this command: LCDR Warner Portz '15 and LTjg Ralph Hickox '27.

July 1934

Ensign, USS Leary

Others at this command: LCDR Warner Portz '15 and LTjg Ralph Hickox '27.

October 1934

Ensign, USS Cole

January 1935

Ensign, USS Cole

April 1935

Ensign, USS Cole

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Cole

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Cole

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Cole

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Norman Ostergren '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Norman Ostergren '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Norman Ostergren '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Minneapolis

Others at this command: ENS Richard Williams '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Terry Watkins, Sr. '34 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6) and ENS Norman Ostergren '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Minneapolis

Others at this command: ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 and ENS Richard Williams '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Terry Watkins, Sr. '34 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Kanawha

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Kanawha

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21.

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, LTjg George Fuller '35, and LTjg George Lambert '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy) and 2LT Alfred Gordon '39 (USS Reina Mercedes, Naval Academy).

April 1941

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, and LTjg George Fuller '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy).


Class of 1932

John is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.