JOSHUA J. NIX, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joshua Nix '30

Date of birth: May 20, 1908

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Joshua was lost when USS Edsall (DD 219) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 by Japanese surface and air forces. He was the ship's commanding officer (since October 1941).

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by two sons, Walter (USNA '54) and Robert.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Joshua J. Nix (NSN: 0-63211), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant

Note

Joshua is listed on the Class of 1930 panel based on the date he was declared dead (November 25, 1945) rather than when Edsall was sunk.

It also appears that he was promoted while in a missing status. All other contemporary references have him as a Lieutenant, including the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1945. (Been unable to locate the 1946 edition of this document.)

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.

October 1930

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Hugh Black '26, LTjg James Willis '27, and ENS Raymond Mayo '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

January 1931

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Hugh Black '26 and ENS Raymond Mayo '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1931

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Hugh Black '26 and ENS Raymond Mayo '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Henry Dozier '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1931

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, and ENS William Freshour '31.

October 1931

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, ENS Vernon Hain '31, and ENS William Freshour '31.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Fox

Others at this command: LTjg John Burke '28.

January 1933

Ensign, USS Fox

Others at this command: LTjg John Burke '28.

April 1933

Ensign, USS Fox

Others at this command: LTjg John Burke '28.

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Fox

Others at this command: LTjg John Burke '28.

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Fox

Others at this command: LTjg John Burke '28.

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Neches

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23.

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Neches

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Neches

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Neches

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23.

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Neches

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23 and LTjg John Craig '30.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Omaha

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24 and LTjg John Reybold '26.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Edward Allen '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Omaha

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24 and LTjg John Reybold '26.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Edward Allen '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Omaha

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24, LTjg John Reybold '26, LTjg Benjamin Ghetzler '31, and ENS Albert Bontier '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Edward Allen '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Omaha

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24, LTjg John Reybold '26, LTjg Benjamin Ghetzler '31, and ENS Jud Yoho, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Edward Allen '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Omaha

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24, LT John Reybold '26, and LTjg Benjamin Ghetzler '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Edward Allen '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Omaha

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24, LT John Reybold '26, and LTjg Benjamin Ghetzler '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Edward Allen '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

October 1939

Lieutenant, USS Black Hawk

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Warren Graf '27 (Destroyer Squadron 5).

June 1940

Lieutenant, USS Black Hawk

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Edsall

Others at this command: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Phillip Wild, Jr. '36, LTjg Richard Meyers '36, and ENS Ray Snodgrass '37.

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Edsall

Others at this command: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21, LTjg Phillip Wild, Jr. '36, LTjg Richard Meyers '36, and ENS Ray Snodgrass '37.


Class of 1930

Joshua is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.