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 his parents, grandmother, a sister, and a brother. His brother, 2nd Lt Arthur Craig Daub, US Army Air Corps, was lost in a plane crash in May 1942.

From the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph on November 2, 1941:

Daubs Hopeful For Son Aboard Reuben James

Saltsburg, Pa., Nov 1—Night is shading the elm-studdeed, winding lanes of the Kiski Prep School campus. Rain lashes the campus buildings in miniature waves remindful of the dark Atlantic which swallowed the Destroyer Reuben James.

On the outer rim of the campus is an ivy-covered, Dutch Colonial home—the headmaster's house—the residence of John J. Daub, Sr. the "Mr. Chips" of Salsburg.

The lights are dim, smoke from a heart-warming fire place creeps lazily up the chimney.

A Hope and a Prayer

In the small, book-lined library, twisting a radio dial with the hope and prayer for information on the fate of his son, sits 47-year-old, sandy-haired, bespectacled Headmaster Daub.

His elder son, Gunnery Officer, Lieut. John J. Daub, Jr., a true son of Kiski, was aboard the sunken Reuben James — transferred there three weeks ago.

He tells you: "It's a tough break for him."

You inquire about the health of the boy's mother—how the shock of the news affected her. There are tears in his eyes, but his voice is firm, resolute: "His mother is fine and she will be fine, for that's just the kind of a person she is. We've got to take things as they come. We've got to expect things like this in war."

Across the hall—from the music room—come strains of "Reverie," a few bars of "Taps," and the soothing echoes of a waltz, from the piano-playing fingers of Marcia Daub.

Perhaps she remembers Brother Jack's postcard of a few days ago, from Iceland—a card showing long sheets of ice and snow, barren except for two barracks, and on which Jack, 26, had written: "It isn't as inhospitable as it looks."

Upstairs, in a rear bedroom, sits Mrs. Daub—caring for her 76-year-old mother, Mrs. A W. Wilson, widow of the founder of Kiski, critically ill from a stroke.

Planned Yule Visit

In the library, between puffs on his pipe, Daub recalls his son's voice from Boston two weeks ago, in which young Daub expressed the hope he could get home for Christmas.

In his last letter—received the day the ship sank—young Daub had been in high spirits.

Young Daub had wanted to fly for the Army, but defective eyesight prevented him and he went to the Navy.

Headmaster Daub tells you we will be more actively in the war—can't help it—but hopes we are prepared for it when the time comes. He believes President Roosevelt is biding his time because America isn't ready.

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:


Others at or embarked at this command:

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

January 1937

Ensign, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


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 Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B)
LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)

April 1937

Ensign, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


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 Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)

September 1937

Ensign, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41)
LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4)
LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4)
LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)
LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41)
LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)
LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41)
LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)
LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)

January 1938

Ensign, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41)
LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4)
LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)
LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41)
LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)
LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41)
LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)
LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)

July 1938

Ensign, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


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)
LTjg Frederick Schrader '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4)

January 1939

Ensign, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


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)
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 Thomas Cummins '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 5)
LTjg Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Yorktown)
LTjg Samuel Adams '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 5)
LTjg John Curtis '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 5)
LTjg Jack Moore '36 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 5)
ENS Andrew Gardner '39 (USS Yorktown)

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bainbridge

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bainbridge


Others at this command:

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bainbridge


Others at this command:


Class of 1936

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