LARUE C. LAWBAUGH, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

LaRue Lawbaugh '20

Date of birth: February 12, 1897

Date of death: March 28, 1938

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Pace Aeropress:

Enroute from Palm Springs, CA to NAS North Island, San Diego, CA [on March 28, 1938]. The aircraft had flown earlier in the day from San Diego to March Field & then on to Palm Springs where they rested. The aircraft departed Palm Springs at 1415 for its return flight & failed to arrive. The aircraft was not equipped with a radio, but was seen entering in the San Gorgonio Pass.

A search by 25 USN & USMC aircraft was grounded by bad wx on the first day. By 31 Mar, over USN, USMC & USAAC aircraft from NAS North Island & the March Field were searching the San Gorgonio & San Jacinto Mountain areas. Storms & low ceilings continued to hamper the search. By early April, the search had extended to the coastal areas of Southern CA. Though the USN expressed optimism that the aircraft would be found, no trace of the aircraft was ever found. On 18 April, the USN posted a $500 reward.

Pilot LCDR Larue C. Lawbaugh & AMM1c Erin Key.

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 1920

Ensign, USS Vermont

January 1921

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Joseph Murphy '09, LCDR Donald Godwin '11, LCDR Norman Scott '11, and ENS Joseph McGinley '21.

January 1922

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11, LT Robert Ogg '17, and ENS Harlow Pino '21.

May 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11, LT Robert Ogg '17, ENS Harlow Pino '21, ENS Richard Cross, Jr. '21, and ENS Raymond Hansen '22.

July 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Harlow Pino '21, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

September 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Harlow Pino '21, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

November 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Harlow Pino '21, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

January 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Harlow Pino '21, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

March 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Hansen '22 and ENS Donald Weller '23.

May 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Raymond Hansen '22 and ENS Donald Weller '23.

July 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, ENS Charles McDonald '24, and ENS Robert Sayre '24.

September 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, ENS Charles McDonald '24, and ENS Robert Sayre '24.

November 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, ENS Charles McDonald '24, and ENS Robert Sayre '24.

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, ENS Charles McDonald '24, and ENS Robert Sayre '24.

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Idaho

Others at this command: LCDR Norman Scott '11, ENS Raymond Hansen '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, ENS Charles McDonald '24, and ENS Robert Sayre '24.

October 1926

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LTjg George Lehman '23 and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.

January 1927

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LT Oscar Erickson '16, LT John Gillon '20, LTjg James Carney '21, LTjg George Lehman '23, and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.

April 1927

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LTjg George Lehman '23, and LTjg Joseph Rooney '23.

January 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Robert Fleming '17, LT William Sample '19, LT Frederick Roberts '20, LT John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Davis '22, LTjg Robert Larson '24, and ENS Thelman Lester '25.

October 1929

Lieutenant, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg John Blue '25 and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28.

January 1930

Lieutenant, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg John Blue '25 and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28.

April 1930

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

October 1930

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

January 1931

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

April 1931

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

July 1931

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

October 1931

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

January 1932

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

April 1932

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Salt Lake City

Others at this command: LTjg James McRoberts '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Salt Lake City: LTjg John Blue '25 (USS Salt Lake City).

October 1932

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LT Paul Slawson '20.

January 1933

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LT Paul Slawson '20.

April 1933

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: LT Paul Slawson '20.

July 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

October 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

April 1934

Lieutenant, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

July 1934

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Ranger

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), 2LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).

October 1934

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M), and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

January 1935

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

April 1935

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

October 1935

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

January 1936

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

April 1936

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

July 1936

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

Others at this command: LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27.

January 1937

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

Others at this command: LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27.

April 1937

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 2F

September 1937

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station, San Diego, California

January 1938

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station, San Diego, California


Class of 1920

LaRue is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.