LION T. MILES, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lion Miles '31

Date of birth: March 4, 1910

Date of death: March 3, 1942

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

1931 Miles 1.jpg

Lion was lost when USS Asheville (PG 21) was sunk by Japanese surface forces on March 3, 1942. There was only one known survivor of the sinking. Lion was the ship's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by at least one child (a son), and his parents. He has a memory marker in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

Obituary

From Find A Grave:

He attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He entered the United States Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1931. On June 22, 1932, he married Elizabeth Ennes Lighthite, daughter of Alice Ennes Lighthite in Yuma, Arizona.

He died during the Battle of Sunda Strait aboard the USS Asheville. He was the grandson of Dr. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, former president of the College of William and Mary and Annie Tucker Tyler. He was the great-grandson of President John Tyler, 10th President of the United States and Julia Gardiner Tyler. He was also the great-grandson of Colonel St. George H. Tucker and Elizabeth Gilmer Tucker.

Other

Lion authored an article in the August 1941 issue of the Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute titled "Three Cases Of International Law."

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 1931

Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14, ENS Alfred Grove '30, ENS Arthur Spring '30, ENS Damon Cummings '31, and ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

January 1932

Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14, ENS Arthur Spring '30, ENS Damon Cummings '31, and ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

April 1932

Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: LCDR Albert Rooks '14, ENS Arthur Spring '30, ENS Damon Cummings '31, and ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Duke '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

October 1932

Ensign, USS Dupont

January 1933

Ensign, USS Breckinridge

April 1933

Ensign, USS Breckinridge

July 1933

Ensign, USS Breckinridge

July 1934

Ensign, staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), ENS Leo Crane '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), ENS Leo Crane '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), ENS Leo Crane '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago

Others at this command: LTjg Alfred Grove '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), ENS Leo Crane '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS Johns Janney '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S) and ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S) and ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 12S).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S) and ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 11S).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36 and ENS Oliver Ramsey '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Clyde McCroskey, Jr. '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Orleans

Others at this command: ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36 and ENS Oliver Ramsey '37.

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Asheville

Others at this command: LT Jacob Britt '29.

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Asheville

Others at this command: LT Jacob Britt '29 and LTjg John Hays '36.


Class of 1931

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