JOHN H. ARMSTRONG, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Armstrong, Jr. '30

Date of birth: October 6, 1907

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:

Loss

John was lost on August 9, 1942, when USS Jarvis (DD 393) was sunk by Japanese aircraft near Guadalcanal. He was the ship's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by "their young son".

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 Memphis


Others at this command:

January 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis


Others at this command:

April 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis


Others at this command:

July 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis


Others at this command:

October 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis


Others at this command:

January 1932

Ensign, USS Memphis


Others at this command:

April 1932

Ensign, USS Memphis


Others at this command:

October 1932

Ensign, USS Edsall

January 1933

Ensign, USS Edsall

April 1933

Ensign, USS Edsall

July 1933

Ensign, USS Edsall

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), 12th Naval District

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), 12th Naval District

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.


Others at this command:

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pensacola


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg Ernest Evans '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pensacola


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg Ernest Evans '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pensacola


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg William Oliver '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
LTjg Ernest Evans '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pensacola


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg Ernest Evans '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
LTjg Bertram Prueher '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pensacola


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg Ernest Evans '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)
LTjg Bertram Prueher '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S)

October 1939

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 4, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at USS Northampton:

ENS Wilbur Mason '39 (USS Northampton)
ENS Tom Sutherland '39 (USS Northampton)

June 1940

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 4, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at USS Northampton:

ENS Wilbur Mason '39 (USS Northampton)
ENS Tom Sutherland '39 (USS Northampton)

November 1940

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 5, USS Northampton


Others at or embarked at USS Northampton:

ENS Fred Covington '37 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5)
ENS Wilbur Mason '39 (USS Northampton)

April 1941

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 4, USS Chicago


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:


Class of 1930

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

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