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.

John was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3B, flying from USS Ranger (CV 4).

From researcher Kathy Franz:

John's plane was one of three land fighter planes being ferried from San Diego to the naval air factory at Philadelphia for overhauling. When the other two planes changed course in a dense fog, John's plane became separated. Bystanders heard the plane but could not see it until it plunged to the ground in flames.

Enlisting in the Navy after graduating from Blake School, John entered the Great Lakes Naval Training School, then the Naval Academy Prep School, and was chosen from 100 others to enter the Naval Academy. In 1928 he was coxswain on the crew which competed in the national intercollegiate regatta at Poughkeepsie, New York.

John was the only child of John Burgess, vice president of the Northwestern National Bank and Trust Company of Minneapolis. He was also survived by his mother.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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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


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January 1931

Ensign, USS Idaho


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April 1931

Ensign, USS New Mexico


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LTjg Gerald Dyson '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

October 1932

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


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January 1933

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


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April 1933

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


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July 1933

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


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October 1933

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


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April 1934

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


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July 1934

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


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Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger)
LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B)

October 1934

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


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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 Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
2LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)

January 1935

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


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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 Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
1LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)


Class of 1930

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