JOHN J. DAUB, JR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Daub, Jr. '36

Date of birth: May 27, 1915

Date of death: October 31, 1941

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Loss

John was lost when USS Reuben James (DD 245) was sunk by a torpedo attack from German submarine U-552 near Iceland on October 31, 1941.

There was no next of kin listed, but he was survived by a brother, 2nd Lt Arthur Craig Daub, US Army Air Corps, who was lost in a plane crash in May 1942.

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.

July 1936

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22, ENS Earle Schneider '33, and ENS Milton Ricketts '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

January 1937

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg Earle Schneider '33, and ENS Milton Ricketts '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg Earle Schneider '33, and ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

September 1937

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), and LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4).

January 1938

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: ENS William Hulson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), and LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4).

July 1938

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, ENS Floyd Garrett, Jr. '38, ENS Harry Howell '38, ENS Richard Sampson '38, and ENS Walter Sharer '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LT William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 42), LTjg Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), and LTjg Frederick Schrader '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4).

January 1939

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR William Sample '19, ENS Floyd Garrett, Jr. '38, ENS Harry Howell '38, ENS Richard Sampson '38, and ENS Walter Sharer '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LT William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 42), LTjg Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), and LTjg Frederick Schrader '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4).

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Carrier Division 2, USS Yorktown

Others at or embarked at USS Yorktown: CDR William Sample '19 (Aircraft, Battle Forces), LTjg James Averill '27 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 5), LTjg Edward Worthington '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 5), LTjg Stuart Stephens '34 (USS Yorktown), LTjg John Curtis '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 5), LTjg Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Yorktown), LTjg Samuel Adams '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 5), LTjg Thomas Cummins '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 5), LTjg Jack Moore '36 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 5), and ENS Andrew Gardner '39 (USS Yorktown).

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bainbridge

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bainbridge

Others at this command: LT James Marshall '32.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bainbridge

Others at this command: LT James Marshall '32.


Class of 1936

John is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.