JOSEPH L. EVANS, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Evans '36

Date of birth: September 12, 1912

Date of death: July 9, 1940

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From naval aviation researcher Richard Leonard on December 29, 2017:

Tracked down his loss to while he was in VS-72, USS Wasp (CV-7), killed in an at sea crash near Guantanamo, BNR, 7/9/1940

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 New York

Others at this command: LT Douglas Smith '25, ENS Clark Hood, Jr. '35, ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36, ENS James Southerland, II '36, ENS John Hunter '36, and ENS Richard Meyers '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B) and ENS George Nicol '34 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

January 1937

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LT Douglas Smith '25, ENS Clark Hood, Jr. '35, ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36, ENS James Southerland, II '36, ENS John Hunter '36, and ENS Richard Meyers '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B) and ENS George Nicol '34 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Harry Bauer '27 (Cruiser Division 5) and ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S).

September 1937

Ensign, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (Cruiser Division 5), LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force), and ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5).

January 1938

Ensign, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (Cruiser Division 5), LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force), ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5), and ENS Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Cruiser Division 5).

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 72, USS Wasp

Others at or embarked at USS Wasp: LCDR Rogers Elliott '22 (USS Wasp), LT John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71), LT Charles Ostrom '30 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71), and LTjg James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 7).

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 72, USS Wasp

Others at this command: LTjg Mark Eslick, Jr. '35.

Others at or embarked at USS Wasp: LCDR Rogers Elliott '22 (USS Wasp), LT John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71), LT John Burke '28 (USS Wasp), LTjg Dewitt Harrell '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71), LTjg James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 7), LTjg Webster Johnson '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 7), ENS John Smith '38 (USS Wasp), ENS William Cook '38 (USS Wasp), and ENS Lester Wall, Jr. '39 (USS Wasp).


Class of 1936

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