MILTON C. JACOBS, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Milton Jacobs '41

Date of birth: October 15, 1917

Date of death: April 9, 1945

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Milton was lost when his aircraft was shot down near Okinawa on April 9, 1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin; they had been married on November 22, 1942, in Vancouver, Washington. He was also survived by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Milton C. Jacobs (NSN: 0-100260), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Executive Officer of a Bombing Fighting Squadron and Division Leader embarked in U.S.S. YORKTOWN from 16 February 1945 to 9 April 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: February 16 - April 9, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Bombing Fighting Squadron
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown

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.

April 1941

Ensign, USS Northampton

Others at this command: ENS Wilbur Mason '39.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Fred Covington '37 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5).


Class of 1941

Milton is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.