JOSEPH A. MCGINLEY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph McGinley '21

Date of birth: November 10, 1898

Date of death: December 17, 1927

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Joseph was lost on December 17, 1927 when USS S-4 (SS 109) sank immediately following a collision with USCG Paulding (CG 17) near Cape Code, Massachusetts.

He was survived by his wife and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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William Callaway '11, Roy Jones '16, Graham Fitch '23, and Donald Weller '23 were also lost when S-4 sank.

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 1921

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Joseph Murphy '09, LCDR Donald Godwin '11, LCDR Norman Scott '11, and ENS LaRue Lawbaugh '20.

January 1922

Ensign, USS Pattnall

May 1923

Ensign, USS Chase

July 1923

Ensign, under instruction, USS Chewink

Others at this command: ENS Paul Register '21 and LTjg Richard Cross, Jr. '21.

September 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

Others at this command: LTjg Richard Cross, Jr. '21.

November 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

Others at this command: LTjg Richard Cross, Jr. '21.

January 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

March 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Submarine Division 12, USS Rainbow

Others at this command: LCDR William Callaway '11.

May 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

July 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

September 1924

Ensign, USS S-4

November 1924

Ensign, USS S-4

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

Others at this command: LT Roy Jones '16.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

Others at this command: LT Roy Jones '16 and ENS Donald Weller '23.

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-4

Others at this command: LT Roy Jones '16, LTjg Donald Weller '23, and LTjg Graham Fitch '23.

January 1927

Lieutenant, USS S-4

Others at this command: LT Roy Jones '16, LTjg Donald Weller '23, and LTjg Graham Fitch '23.

April 1927

Lieutenant, USS S-4

Others at this command: LT Roy Jones '16, LTjg Donald Weller '23, and LTjg Graham Fitch '23.

October 1927

Lieutenant, USS S-4

Others at this command: LT Roy Jones '16, LTjg Donald Weller '23, and LTjg Graham Fitch '23.


Class of 1921

Joseph is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.