MELVILLE S. BROWN, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Melville Brown '10

Date of birth: March 8, 1889

Date of death: November 2, 1936

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Melville was lost on November 2, 1936 when the aircraft he was aboard crashed. He was the executive officer of USS Lexington (CV 2) at the time.

He had only become a qualified naval aviator (#4171) a short while before, in 1935.

From Wikipedia:

CDR Brown was the Commanding Officer of the USS Truxtun (DD-229) when the ship was commissioned in 1921, and later was Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV-2).

Namesake

Brown Field Municipal Airport, near San Diego, is named for Melville.

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 1911

Midshipman, Connecticut

January 1912

Midshipman, Montgomery

Others at this command: MIDN John Fletcher '11.

January 1913

Ensign, Nebraska

Others at this command: LT John Rodgers '03.

January 1914

Ensign, Nebraska

January 1915

Ensign, USS Nebraska

Others at this command: ENS Henry Hoyt '14.

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), Birmingham

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Henry Tovey '15 (USS Birmingham).

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bureau of Navigation

March 1918

Lieutenant, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Frank McCord '11.

January 1919

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation

Others at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11.

January 1920

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet

January 1921

Lieutenant Commander, USS Truxton

January 1922

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

May 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

July 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

September 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

November 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

January 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

March 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Bureau of Navigation, Washington, D.C.

May 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Marcus

July 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

September 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

November 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

January 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

March 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

May 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

July 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

October 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

January 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

October 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS MacDonough

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, USS Antares

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, under instruction, Naval War College

Others at this command: CDR Howard Lammers '08.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Donald Godwin '11 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

January 1928

Lieutenant Commander, under instruction, Naval War College

Others at this command: CDR Howard Lammers '08.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Donald Godwin '11 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

April 1928

Lieutenant Commander, under instruction, Naval War College

Others at this command: CDR Howard Lammers '08.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Donald Godwin '11 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

July 1928

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

October 1928

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

Others at this command: LT Harold MacLellan '18.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

January 1929

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

Others at this command: LT Harold MacLellan '18.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

April 1929

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

Others at this command: LT Harold MacLellan '18.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island).

July 1929

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

October 1929

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

January 1930

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

April 1930

Lieutenant Commander, staff, Naval War College

October 1930

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS John Craig '30, ENS Charles Hart '30, ENS James Kyes '30, and ENS Dudley Morton '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

January 1931

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS John Craig '30, ENS Charles Hart '30, ENS James Kyes '30, and ENS Dudley Morton '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

April 1931

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Warren Graf '27, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS James Kyes '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

July 1931

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS Leo Crane '31, 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 Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), 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 Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B).

October 1931

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS Leo Crane '31, 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 Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B).

January 1932

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Claude Haman '26, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS Leo Crane '31, 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 Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), and ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B).

April 1932

Commander, gunnery officer, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Clarkson '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS Byron Newell '30, ENS Leo Crane '31, 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 Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS Mathias Wyatt '29 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force).

October 1932

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Howard Lammers '08 and LTjg Willford Hyman '24.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Donald Godwin '11 (Naval Examining Board, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

January 1933

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Howard Lammers '08 and LT Willford Hyman '24.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Donald Godwin '11 (Naval Examining Board, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

April 1933

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Howard Lammers '08 and LT Willford Hyman '24.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Donald Godwin '11 (Naval Examining Board, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

July 1933

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

October 1933

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Office of Judge Advocate General, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

April 1934

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Office of Judge Advocate General, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

July 1934

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Office of Judge Advocate General, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

October 1934

Commander, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CDR Robert English '11 and LTjg Eugene Karpe '26.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Office of Judge Advocate General, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.).

April 1936

Commander, for assignmentUSS Wright, Aircraft Squadrons, Base Force, USS Wright

July 1936

Commander, executive officer, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16, LT William Eaton '21, ENS John Eichmann '35, ENS George Fuller '35, ENS Richard McGowan '35, and ENS Webster Johnson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).


Class of 1910

Melville is one of 15 members of the Class of 1910 on Virtual Memorial Hall.