LEO O. CRANE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Leo Crane '31

Date of birth: November 20, 1907

Date of death: March 30, 1938

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Obituary

From Find A Grave:

Leo's first duty after graduation was on the USS Saratoga. In 1933 he went for flying school in Pensacola reviving his wings in 1934. Then going to VO Squadron duty for two years then a year in VF-5 on the USS Lexington. 1n 1937 he shifted to Patrol Squadron four fleet air base, Pearl Harbor. During the annual fleet exercises in the spring of 1938 he was flying a search patrol when his plane crashed in the heavy overcast off Kaena Point Oahu Hawaii on March 30, 1938. He was married to Frances O'Neill the sister of his class mate Eddie O'Neil.

From Wikipedia:

30 March: PBY-1 Catalina, BuNo 0142, of VP-4, crashes and sinks ~200 yards offshore at Kaena Point at ~0405 hrs., while en route to scouting station, operating with Fleet Problem #19. Crash believed to be due to low visibility and darkness. Killed are Lt. (jg) Leo O. Crane, USN, pilot; Aviation Cadet William Howard Lear, USNR; Vernon August Luciana, R.M. 2c, USN; Garland Harold O'Neal, A.C.M.M., USN; and Bluitt Iven Windham, A.O.M. 1c, USN. Injured are Herbert Fred Bartz, A.M.M. 1c, USN; and George Joseph Nilles, R.M. 3c, USN. On 31 March, small seaplane tender USS Avocet salvages the wreckage and recovers the body of a radioman.

Suspect Leoline O. Crane, who was killed in France in 1918 as an Army 1LT, was his father or some other family relation. Both were from Tennessee.

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 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS George Stone '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

October 1931

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS George Stone '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), 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 Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

January 1932

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS George Stone '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), 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 Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

April 1932

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Van Moore '19, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS George Stone '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), 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 Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Mathias Wyatt '29 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

October 1932

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Jacob Britt '29, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, ENS Frank Latta '32, and ENS George Ottinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Jacob Britt '29, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, ENS Frank Latta '32, and ENS George Ottinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Jacob Britt '29, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS George Stone '31, ENS Frank Latta '32, and ENS George Ottinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), and ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (Aircraft Squadrons).

July 1934

Ensign, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: LTjg Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5), ENS Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

October 1934

Ensign, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: LTjg Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5) and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

January 1935

Ensign, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: LTjg Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5) and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

April 1935

Ensign, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: LTjg Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 (Cruiser Division 5), LTjg Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 (Cruiser Division 5), ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago), and ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (USS Chicago).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 (Cruiser Division 5), ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago), and ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (USS Chicago).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 (Cruiser Division 5), ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago), and ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (USS Chicago).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Strickler '32 and LTjg William Widhelm '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger), and ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Strickler '32 and LTjg William Widhelm '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger), and ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Strickler '32, LTjg William Townsend '32, and LTjg William Widhelm '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii

Others at this command: LT Charles Signer '26 and LTjg Harrington Drake '31.

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii


Class of 1931

Leo is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.