MACK E. VORHEES, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Mack Vorhees '30

Date of birth: April 7, 1906

Date of death: June 22, 1933

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Ensign Mack E. Vorhees and Seaman 2 class Joseph Arthur Sheridan died of injuries after their SU-2 plane crashed near Descanso, Calif. 22 June 1933.

He is buried in Ohio.

Memorial Hall Error

Mack is listed as an Ensign in Memorial Hall, but he has LTjg on his headstone. Posthumous promotion?

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 1930

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (Battleship Division 5), LT Stephen Cooke '21 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B), and ENS Francis Jordan '29 (Battleship Division 5).

January 1931

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (Battleship Division 5), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B), and ENS Francis Jordan '29 (Battleship Division 5).

April 1931

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 and ENS Francis Jordan '29.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (Battleship Division 5) and LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

July 1931

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16, ENS Francis Jordan '29, and ENS Philip Ashworth '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS Robert Germany, Jr. '30 (Battleship Division 4).

October 1931

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR Charles Cecil '16, ENS Francis Jordan '29, and ENS Philip Ashworth '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS Robert Germany, Jr. '30 (Battleship Division 4).

April 1933

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Jack Richardson '19 and ENS James Kyes '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: 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 Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), 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 Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1930

Mack is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.