MONTROSE G. MCCORMICK, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Montrose McCormick '39

Date of birth: May 20, 1918

Date of death: April 19, 1945

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Obituary

From Find A Grave:

Montrose Graham was the son of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Ivan Montrose Graham and Lillian Addison (Sprigg) Graham. Ivan fathered Montrose, but died of Influenza on 21 September 1918 in Quebec, Canada, while on duty in World War I, without ever having the opportunity to see his son.

Ivan's best friend at the Naval Academy was Lynde Dupuy McCormick, also in the class of 1915. Lynde McCormick married Ivan's widow, Lillian Graham, on 2 October 1920, and adopted Ivan's son and renamed him Montrose Graham McCormick.

Montrose Graham McCormick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the Class of 1939.

He was killed in a non-hostile action airplane crash near Perth, Australia, on 19 April 1945. He was enroute to a new assignment as Commanding Officer of USS Pintado (SS-387), a Balao-class submarine.

McCormick was the recipient of two Silver Star Medals; one was for actions in 1943 and the second was for actions aboard the submarine USS Cobia (USS-245) during 26 June-14 August 1944.

His remains were not recovered. A cenotaph in his memory is located in Annapolis, MD, at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Section 03 - Lot 0321 B.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

USS Cobia (SS-245) Battle Flag Officers of the submarine Cobia on deck during WWII. The flag shows the insignia of the ship at center, with flags and stripes indicating sunk Japanese transports and warships. Left to Right: Top Row: Lt. Cdr. Joseph J. Sibley, USNR; Lt. (JG) William S.C. Henry, USNR; Lt. (JG) Lester Davis, USN; Lt. Cdr. Montrose G. McCormick, USN; Cdr. Albert L. Becker, USN; Lieut. James P. Marion, USN; Lt. (JG) Daniel C. Pelton, USNR. Kneeling: Lt. (JG) Sidney E. Henderson, USNR; Lieut. John M. Tufts, USNR

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Montrose Graham McCormick (NSN: 0-82326), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in the line of his profession as Assistant Approach Officer and Torpedo Data Computer Operator during Submarine War Patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His calm and accurate analysis of attack data was of material assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting attacks which resulted in sinking over 87,000 tons of enemy shipping and damaging over 63,000 tons. During one night surface attack, he coolly reported essential information from an exposed location in the face of accurate enemy gunfire. His conduct throughout these patrols was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 02903 (November 24, 1943)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Assistant Approach Officer
Division: United States Submarine

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Montrose Graham McCormick (NSN: 0-82326), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties as Assistant Approach Officer in the U.S.S. COBIA (SS-245), during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine from 26 June - 14 August 1944. His excellent judgment and knowledge of attack problems assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting operations which resulted in sinking enemy ships totaling more than 24,000 tons. His calm manner and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 02652 (March 30, 1945)
Action Date: June 26 - August 14, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Assistant Approach Officer
Division: U.S.S. Cobia (SS-245)

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 1939

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, ENS Hugh Rimmer '37, ENS West Payne '38, and ENS Charles Stapler '39.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS John Patty, Jr. '37 (Battle Force).

June 1940

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28, ENS Hugh Rimmer '37, ENS Charles Stapler '39, ENS Benjamin Hall '40, ENS Edward O'Brien, Jr. '40, and ENS Thomas McGrath '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Conde Raguet '38 (Battle Force).

November 1940

Ensign, USS Landsdale

April 1941

Ensign, USS Landsdale


Class of 1939

Montrose is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.