JOHN F. NELSON, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Nelson '28

Date of birth: January 30, 1907

Date of death: August 7, 1935

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1928 Lucky Bag:

Loss

John was lost on August 7, 1935, near Otay Mesa, California when the plane he was piloting went into a spin and crashed. The other man aboard was also killed.

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 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado


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January 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado


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April 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado


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July 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado


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October 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado


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January 1930

Ensign, USS Colorado


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October 1930

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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January 1931

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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April 1931

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada


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July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 5F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone


Class of 1928

John is one of 17 members of the Class of 1928 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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