MILLINGTON B. MCCOMB, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Millington McComb '10

Date of birth: October 15, 1886

Date of death: November 26, 1927

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the 1920's, likely while as commanding officer of NAS Pearl Harbor.

Millington was lost on November 26, 1927 "as result of an aircraft accident" in or near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, while he was commanding officer of the Naval Air Station there.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

World War I Service

He was commanding officer of USS Christabel (No. 162), a converted yacht, in the first half of 1918 (see below). Later, he was commissioning commanding officer of USS Craven (Destroyer No. 70).

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Lieutenant Commander Millington Barnett McComb, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CHRISTABEL, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted, against all forms of enemy naval activity; and especially for an engagement with an enemy submarine on 21 May 1918, as a result of which the convoy under escort of the CHRISTABEL was protected and the submarine so completely disabled that she was compelled to intern at Santander, Spain, for the remainder of the war.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. CHRISTABEL

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, Kansas

January 1912

Midshipman, Kansas

Others at this command: ENS Richard Saufley '08 and MIDN William Corry '10.

January 1913

Ensign, Kansas

Others at this command: ENS William Corry '10.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR William Moffett '90 (Arkansas) and ENS Howard Lammers '08 (Arkansas).

January 1914

Ensign, Drayton

January 1915

Ensign, USS Drayton

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Drayton

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Drayton

March 1918

Lieutenant, USS Drayton

January 1919

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS Craven

January 1920

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Academy

Others at this command: LCDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09 and LCDR John Fletcher '11.

January 1922

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Louis Roth '13, LT Andrew Reaves '17, LT Howard Councill '17, LT Roger Armstrong '18, LTjg Arthur Thurston '19, and LTjg Van Moore '19.

May 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Oscar Erickson '16 and LT Howard Councill '17.

July 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Howard Councill '17 and LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

September 1923

Lieutenant Commander, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Nathan Chase '12, LT Hugo Schmidt '16, LT Fred Byers '18, and LTjg Eugene Burkett '20.

January 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Nathan Chase '12, LT Hugo Schmidt '16, LT George Cuddihy '18, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Walther Maser '19, LTjg Eugene Burkett '20, and LTjg Frank Conant, II '20.

May 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Hugo Schmidt '16, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, and LT Walther Maser '19.

July 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LT Conrad Krez '16, LT Hugo Schmidt '16, and LT William Garrett '18.

September 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

November 1924

Lieutenant Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, ENS Frederick Kahn '21, and LTjg Kilburn Roby '21.

January 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LT William Garrett '18, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, and LTjg Frederick Kahn '21.

March 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Vilas Knope '20.

May 1925

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Vilas Knope '20.

July 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Vilas Knope '20.

October 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Vilas Knope '20.

January 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Vilas Knope '20.

October 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor


Class of 1910

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