JOSEPH J. ROONEY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Rooney '23

Date of birth: July 8, 1902

Date of death: May 10, 1928

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Joseph was lost on May 10, 1928 when the plane he was piloting crashed off the coast of Oceanside, California. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3S.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3285 in 1926.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Joseph’s father also named Joseph was a merchant in Philadelphia. His mother was Elizabeth. His five brothers were Charles, William, Henry, Paul and John. His four sisters were Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary and Elinor. The family lived at 532 Solly Avenue.

Joseph was engaged in training tests off the airplane carrier Lexington. He was attempting a short turn on his approach to the Lexington when he crashed into water 330 fathoms deep.

He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.


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 1923

Ensign, USS Texas

September 1923

Ensign, USS Texas

November 1923

Ensign, USS Texas

January 1924

Ensign, USS Texas


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March 1924

Ensign, USS Texas


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May 1924

Ensign, USS Texas


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July 1924

Ensign, USS Texas

September 1924

Ensign, USS Texas

November 1924

Ensign, USS Texas

January 1925

Ensign, USS Texas

March 1925

Ensign, USS Texas

May 1925

Ensign, USS Texas

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1


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January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1


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April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1


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October 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3S


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January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3S


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April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Langley


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Others at or embarked at USS Langley:

LCDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Langley)
LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 1B)
LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)


Class of 1923

John is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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