KARL F. BORDER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Karl Border '39

Date of birth: January 5, 1916

Date of death: October 11, 1942

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Captain (USN) Lee S. Border, USNA Class of 1905 (center), and his two sons, Ensigns Robert L. Border (left) and Karl F. Border, graduation day, 1 June 1939. Borders’ Collection

From Find A Grave:

While the stone says he died October 11, 1944, he actually died in an aircraft accident at Ewa Airfield, HI, on October 11, 1942. May he rest in peace in the knowledge of his devotion to his family, his service, and his country.

His wife was listed as next of kin. They had married in June, 1942.

Karl's younger brother Robert also graduated with the class of 1939. According to West Point.org, the two brothers were roommates aboard USS Tennessee (BB 43). Karl was detailed to a flight school class that convened in September 1941. He received his wings from Pensacola Training School for Officers in April, 1942.

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 1939

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LT Roderick Rooney '29, ENS John Mehlig '37, ENS Alfred Wallace '39, and ENS Dudley Adams '39.

June 1940

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: ENS John Mehlig '37, ENS Alfred Wallace '39, ENS Dudley Adams '39, ENS Carlton Rees '40, and ENS James Cannon '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Claude Haman '26 (Observation Squadron (VO) 2).

November 1940

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LTjg John Mehlig '37, ENS Dudley Adams '39, ENS Carlton Rees '40, and ENS James Cannon '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Claude Haman '26 (Observation Squadron (VO) 2).

April 1941

Ensign, USS Tennessee

Others at this command: LTjg John Mehlig '37, ENS Carlton Rees '40, and ENS James Cannon '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Claude Haman '26 (Observation Squadron (VO) 2).


Class of 1939

Karl is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.