MORGAN REDFIELD, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Morgan Redfield '26

Date of birth: August 11, 1901

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Morgan was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933.

He has a memory marker in Connecticut; he was survived by his father.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

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William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Henry Cecil '10, Frank McCord '11, Harold Maclellan '18, Joseph Severyns '20, George Calnan '20, Richard Cross, Jr. '21, Herbert Wescoat '23, Robert Sayre '24, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost aboard Akron.

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 1926

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Eugene Sarsfield '26.

January 1927

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Ted Marshall '24 and ENS Eugene Sarsfield '26.

April 1927

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Ted Marshall '24 and ENS Eugene Sarsfield '26.

October 1927

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16, LT Edwin Conway '20, and LTjg Ted Marshall '24.

January 1929

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16, LTjg Ted Marshall '24, ENS John Crane '26, ENS Arthur Loeser '27, ENS Clinton Rounds '27, ENS Henry Dozier '27, and ENS Oscar Pate, Jr. '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

April 1929

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16, LTjg Ted Marshall '24, ENS John Crane '26, ENS Clinton Rounds '27, ENS Henry Dozier '27, and ENS Oscar Pate, Jr. '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

July 1929

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LT Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Adolph Hede '25, ENS Wilfred Bushnell '26, and ENS Clinton Rounds '27.

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LT Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Adolph Hede '25, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26, and ENS Clinton Rounds '27.

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LT Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26, and ENS Clinton Rounds '27.

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LT George Calnan '20, LT Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26, and ENS Clinton Rounds '27.

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Robert Sayre '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Robert Sayre '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Robert Sayre '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: CDR Frank McCord '11, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Larson '24 (Rigid Airship Training & Experimental Squadron).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: CDR Frank McCord '11, LCDR Harold MacLellan '18, LT George Calnan '20, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LT Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Larson '24 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Akron

Others at this command: CDR Frank McCord '11, LCDR Harold MacLellan '18, LT George Calnan '20, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LT Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Hammond Dugan '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Larson '24 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron).


Class of 1926

Morgan is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.