LEONARD V. DUFFY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Leonard Duffy '29

Date of birth: September 11, 1906

Date of death: March 26, 1942

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Leonard was lost when USS Atik (AK 101) was sunk by a German submarine 300 miles east of Norfolk, Virginia on March 26, 1942. None of her crew survived the sinking and a large explosion as the ship sank.

The Naval History and Heritage Command has details of the Q-ship program, and of Atik's brief history.

His daughter was listed as next of kin.

Leonard had previously commanded (until before June 4, 1940) USS Napa (AT 32) in the Philippines.

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 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Nelson '28.

October 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Nelson '28.

January 1930

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Nelson '28.

April 1930

Ensign, USS Colorado

October 1930

Ensign, USS Tillman

January 1931

Ensign, USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Robert Patten '30.

April 1931

Ensign, USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Robert Patten '30.

July 1931

Ensign, USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Robert Patten '30.

October 1931

Ensign, USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Robert Patten '30.

January 1932

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: ENS Egbert Roth '29 and ENS Alfred Grove '30.

April 1932

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: ENS Egbert Roth '29 and ENS Alfred Grove '30.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Robert Patten '30 and ENS Herbert Coleman '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Clifford Janz '31 (Scouting Force).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Robert Patten '30 and ENS Herbert Coleman '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Clifford Janz '31 (Scouting Force).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: ENS Herbert Coleman '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Clifford Janz '31 (Scouting Force).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: LTjg Hubert Hayter '24 and ENS Herbert Coleman '32.

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Augusta

Others at this command: LT Hubert Hayter '24 and ENS Herbert Coleman '32.

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Receiving ship, New York

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bridge

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bridge

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bridge

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Philip

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Philip

Others at this command: LCDR Paul Slawson '20.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Philip

Others at this command: LCDR Paul Slawson '20.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Philip

Others at this command: LCDR Paul Slawson '20.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS Eagle 52

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), 4th Naval District

Others at this command: LCDR Horatio Sickel, IV '20.

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), 4th Naval District

Others at this command: LCDR Horatio Sickel, IV '20.

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), 4th Naval District

January 1938

Lieutenant, 4th Naval District

July 1938

Lieutenant, for assignment, 16th Naval District

Others at this command: ENS Ted Hilger '35 and ENS Frank Graham '36.

January 1939

Lieutenant, USS Heron

October 1939

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Napa

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Washington


Class of 1929

Leonard is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.