JOHN G. BURROW, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Burrow '21

Date of birth: April 16, 1900

Date of death: May 1, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


Loss

John was lost on May 1, 1942 when the United Air Lines aircraft he was aboard crashed into Ensign Peak, Utah, near Salt Lake City.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer on May 3, 1942:

Commander John Giles Burrow and Lieutenant Claire Sheldon Tucker of the navy would not have been aboard the ill-fated ship were Is not for their thoroughness In their work. They had taken reservation on a plane leaving Reno, Nev., Thursday but canceled them to devote another day to Investigating the possibility of establishing naval training station at Pyramid Lake.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Another alumni, Frederic Vose '22, was also lost in this crash, but it does not appear he was on active duty at the time.

Career

He was commanding officer of USS PHILIP (DD 76) from July 10, 1936 to March 5, 1937. In 1940 he was serving aboard the USS West Virginia as the Damage Control Officer.

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 1921

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: 2LT Frederick Chappelle '20, ENS John Jones '21, and ENS Kilburn Roby '21.

January 1922

Ensign, USS Young

May 1923

Ensign, USS Young

July 1923

Ensign, USS Young

September 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS George Lehman '23.

November 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS George Lehman '23.

January 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS George Lehman '23.

March 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS George Lehman '23.

May 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23 and ENS George Lehman '23.

July 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: ENS William Hobby, Jr. '23, ENS George Lehman '23, and ENS William France '24.

November 1924

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

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

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS MacLeish

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Camden

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Camden

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Camden

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Camden

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Camden

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Zeilin

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Zeilin

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Zeilin

July 1929

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Putnam

October 1929

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Putnam

January 1930

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Putnam

April 1930

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

October 1930

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

January 1931

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

April 1931

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

July 1931

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

October 1931

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

January 1932

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

April 1932

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Hale

October 1932

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09.

January 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09.

April 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

July 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

October 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

April 1934

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Samuel Moore '13 (Recruiters School, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California).

July 1934

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Oglala, Minecraft, USS Oglala

October 1934

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Oglala, Minecraft, USS Oglala

January 1935

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Oglala, Minecraft, USS Oglala

April 1935

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Oglala, Minecraft, USS Oglala

October 1935

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Raleigh, Destroyers, Scouting Force, USS Raleigh

January 1936

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Raleigh, Destroyers, Scouting Force, USS Raleigh

April 1936

Lieutenant, flag secretaryUSS Raleigh, Destroyers, Scouting Force, USS Raleigh

July 1936

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Philip

January 1937

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Philip

April 1937

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

September 1937

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

January 1938

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Training Station, San Diego, California

July 1938

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Kanawha

Others at this command: LTjg John Fairbanks, Jr. '32.

January 1939

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Kanawha

Others at this command: LTjg John Fairbanks, Jr. '32.

October 1939

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, USS Kanawha

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40 and ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: CAPT Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4), LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4), and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40 and ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: RADM Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4), LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4), and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40, ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40, and ENS Wendell Thompson '41.

Others at or embarked at this command: RADM Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4) and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).


Class of 1921

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