JOHN G. BURGESS, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Burgess '30

Date of birth: May 6, 1907

Date of death: February 2, 1935

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Lt. (jg)s John Grafton Burgess and Oscar Willis Pate killed when FF-1 plane crashed and burned near Millsap, Tex. 2 February 1935.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

John was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3B, flying from USS Ranger (CV 4) (per Navy Directory published April 1, 1935 — after his death).

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Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 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.

October 1930

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Donald Stillman '29, ENS William Pennewill '29, and ENS Lynne Quiggle '30.

January 1931

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Donald Stillman '29 and ENS Lynne Quiggle '30.

April 1931

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS John Burke '28 and ENS Byron Newell '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Gerald Dyson '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1932

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: ENS Edward Blessman '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Elliott Marshall '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Robert Strickler '32 (USS Maryland), and ENS Truman Carpenter '32 (USS Maryland).

January 1933

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: ENS John Shaffer, III '30 (USS Maryland), ENS Edward Blessman '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Elliott Marshall '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Robert Strickler '32 (USS Maryland), and ENS Truman Carpenter '32 (USS Maryland).

April 1933

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: ENS John Shaffer, III '30 (USS Maryland), ENS Edward Blessman '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Elliott Marshall '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (USS Maryland), ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Robert Strickler '32 (USS Maryland), and ENS Truman Carpenter '32 (USS Maryland).

July 1933

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30 (USS Maryland), ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Robert Strickler '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Truman Carpenter '32 (USS Maryland), ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33 (USS Maryland), and ENS Joseph Bourland '33 (USS Maryland).

October 1933

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30 (USS Maryland), ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Robert Strickler '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Truman Carpenter '32 (USS Maryland), and ENS Joseph Bourland '33 (USS Maryland).

April 1934

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Maryland: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30 (USS Maryland), ENS Robert Strickler '32 (USS Maryland), ENS Truman Carpenter '32 (USS Maryland), and ENS Joseph Bourland '33 (USS Maryland).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 and LTjg Robert Haven '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger), 2LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Clair Miller '29 and LTjg William Pennewill '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), 2LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Clair Miller '29, LTjg William Pennewill '29, and LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), 1LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).


Class of 1930

John is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.