JULIAN D. GREER, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Julian Greer '27

Date of birth: February 19, 1905

Date of death: January 28, 1953

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Julian was lost when the aircraft he was aboard crashed in a blizzard in Washington on January 28, 1953. He was aboard a PB4Y patrol plane enroute from Alameda, California to Whidbey Island, Washington. He was commanding officer of Fleet Air Wing 6, based at Alameda.

Julian was survived by his wife, mother, two sisters, and a brother. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery; he also has a memory marker in Kansas.

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 Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Francis Bridget '21, ENS Carlton Hutchins '26, ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27, ENS Loren Morris '27, and ENS Oddle Anderson '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

April 1928

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Francis Bridget '21, ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27, ENS Loren Morris '27, and ENS Oddle Anderson '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

July 1928

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27, and ENS Oddle Anderson '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

October 1928

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Robert Fleming '17, ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27, and ENS Oddle Anderson '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Thompson '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

January 1929

Ensign, USS Melville

January 1930

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Hubert Waters '25, ENS Eugene Lindsey '27, ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27, ENS Loren Morris '27, and ENS Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), and ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga).

April 1930

Ensign, Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, and LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga).

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and LTjg Charles Signer '26.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and LTjg Charles Signer '26.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and LTjg Charles Signer '26.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga).

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, and LTjg Eugene Davis '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Eugene Davis '27, and ENS William Oliver '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Eugene Davis '27, and ENS William Oliver '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Eugene Davis '27, and ENS William Oliver '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Mathias Wyatt '29 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force) and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Lofton Henderson '26 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force) and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force).

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Walter Dey '24, LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Claude Haman '26, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, LTjg Harold Richards '27, and LTjg Robert Winters '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Lofton Henderson '26 (Aircraft Two, Fleet Marine Force) and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Two, Fleet Marine Force).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Aviation Unit, USS Oklahoma

Others at or embarked at USS Oklahoma: LCDR Archer King, Jr. '15 (USS Oklahoma).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Aviation Unit, USS Oklahoma

Others at or embarked at USS Oklahoma: LCDR Archer King, Jr. '15 (USS Oklahoma) and 2LT John Heil '28 (USS Oklahoma).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Aviation Unit, USS Oklahoma

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Aviation Unit, USS Oklahoma

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Aviation Unit, USS Oklahoma

Others at or embarked at USS Oklahoma: CDR Joseph Murphy '09 (USS Oklahoma), LT George Brooke '21 (USS Oklahoma), and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35 (USS Oklahoma).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Aviation Unit, USS Oklahoma

Others at or embarked at USS Oklahoma: CDR Joseph Murphy '09 (USS Oklahoma), LT George Brooke '21 (USS Oklahoma), and ENS Edwin Denby, Jr. '35 (USS Oklahoma).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 12F

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Mackert '31.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 12F

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Mackert '31.

January 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 12F

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Mackert '31.

April 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 12F

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Mackert '31.

September 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LTjg Philip Ashworth '31.

January 1938

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 10, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LTjg Philip Ashworth '31.

July 1938

Lieutenant, Fleet Air Base, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32.

January 1939

Lieutenant, Fleet Air Base, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32.

October 1939

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 13, San Diego, California

Others at this command: LT J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 and LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

June 1940

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 44, Seattle, Washington

November 1940

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 44, Seattle, Washington

April 1941

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 61, Alameda, California

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Henderson, Jr. '37.


Class of 1927

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