JOSEPH A. FLYNN, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Flynn '27

Date of birth: December 12, 1904

Date of death: July 30, 1945

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Joseph was lost in USS Indianapolis (CA 35) when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. He was the ship's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. Joseph has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Hall Error

Multiple records — and his memory marker and the headstone of his wife — list Joseph as a Captain. Memorial Hall has CDR.

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 1928

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS John Duke '26 and ENS Robert Winters '27.

April 1928

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Robert Winters '27.

July 1928

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Irving Wiltsie '21.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

October 1928

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

January 1929

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

April 1929

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

July 1929

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Irving Wiltsie '21, ENS William Pye, Jr. '28, ENS Edwin Martin '29, and ENS John Collett '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

October 1929

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19, LT Irving Wiltsie '21, ENS Edwin Martin '29, and ENS John Collett '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

January 1930

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19, LT Irving Wiltsie '21, ENS Edwin Martin '29, and ENS John Collett '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

April 1930

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19, LT Irving Wiltsie '21, and ENS John Collett '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Warren Graf '27 (United States Fleet).

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Frank Highley, Jr. '30, ENS John Bisson '30, and ENS Lance Massey '30.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Frank Highley, Jr. '30, ENS John Bisson '30, and ENS Lance Massey '30.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Frank Highley, Jr. '30 and ENS John Bisson '30.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS William B. Preston

Others at this command: LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS William B. Preston

Others at this command: LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS William B. Preston

Others at this command: LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS William B. Preston

Others at this command: LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS McCormick

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS McCormick

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS McCormick

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Southard

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Southard

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Utah

Others at this command: 1LT David Claude '24 and LTjg William Potts '27.

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Utah

Others at this command: LTjg William Potts '27.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Utah

Others at this command: LTjg William Potts '27.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Utah

Others at this command: LTjg William Potts '27.

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Utah

Others at this command: LTjg William Potts '27.

July 1936

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

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11, LT David Roberts '21, and LT Harry Hicks '27.

January 1937

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11 and LCDR David Roberts '21.

April 1937

Lieutenant, under instruction, Office of Naval Intelligence, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR David Roberts '21.

September 1937

Lieutenant, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LT William Potts '27 and LTjg Verne Skjonsby '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6).

January 1938

Lieutenant, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LT William Potts '27 and LTjg Verne Skjonsby '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Goodgame, Jr. '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6).

July 1938

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 6, USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Minneapolis: LTjg Terry Watkins, Sr. '34 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6), ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 (USS Minneapolis), and ENS Richard Williams '37 (USS Minneapolis).

January 1939

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 6, USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Minneapolis: ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 (USS Minneapolis) and ENS Richard Williams '37 (USS Minneapolis).

October 1939

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Cruiser Division 6, USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Minneapolis: ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 (USS Minneapolis), ENS Richard Williams '37 (USS Minneapolis), and ENS Edward Micka '39 (USS Minneapolis).

June 1940

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Monaghan

November 1940

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Monaghan

April 1941

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Monaghan


Class of 1927

Joseph is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.