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: LTjg Adolph Hede '25, LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26, and ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30.

January 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg Adolph Hede '25, LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26, and ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30.

April 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg Adolph Hede '25 and ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30.

July 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26 and ENS Henry Wygant, Jr. '30.

October 1931

Ensign, USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26.

January 1932

Ensign, USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26.

April 1932

Ensign, USS Memphis

Others at this command: LTjg August Lentz, Jr. '26.

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: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

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) and 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) and 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) and LTjg Bertram Prueher '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Robert Smith, Jr. '19, LCDR Robert Smith '20, LCDR Joseph Hubbard '21, LT Charles Tolman, Jr. '25, LTjg Robert Germany, Jr. '30, LT Thomas Marshall, Jr. '30, and LTjg Millard Klein '31.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Robert Smith, Jr. '19, LCDR Robert Smith '20, LCDR Joseph Hubbard '21, LT Louis LeHardy '26, LTjg Robert Germany, Jr. '30, LT Thomas Marshall, Jr. '30, and LTjg Millard Klein '31.

October 1939

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 4, USS Northampton

Others at or embarked at USS Northampton: ENS Tom Sutherland '39 (USS Northampton) and ENS Wilbur Mason '39 (USS Northampton).

June 1940

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 4, USS Northampton

Others at or embarked at USS Northampton: ENS Tom Sutherland '39 (USS Northampton) and ENS Wilbur Mason '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) and ENS Wilbur Mason '39 (USS Northampton).

April 1941

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 4, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LCDR Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Chicago), LCDR William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Chicago), LT Ward Bronson '31 (USS Chicago), ENS Herold Harveson '37 (USS Chicago), ENS Joseph Harmon '39 (USS Chicago), ENS Burton Haker '40 (USS Chicago), ENS Clarence Blair '40 (USS Chicago), and ENS Bruce Simonds '41 (USS Chicago).


Class of 1930

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