OLIVER E. WHITE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Oliver White '30

Date of birth: December 12, 1908

Date of death: March 17, 1936

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

SBU-1 dive bomber engine fire kills pilot Lt. Oliver E. White; Radioman 2 class James W. LeCompte parachute's to safety. 17 March 1936.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3953 on November 15, 1932.

Oliver is buried in Indiana.

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 1930

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 and ENS Robert Coates '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

January 1931

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 and ENS Robert Coates '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

April 1931

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 and ENS Robert Coates '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

July 1931

Ensign, USS Omaha

October 1931

Ensign, USS Omaha

January 1933

Ensign, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 and LTjg William Pennewill '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Chicago), ENS James Coe '30 (USS Chicago), and ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32 (USS Chicago).

April 1933

Ensign, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 and LTjg William Pennewill '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Chicago), ENS James Coe '30 (USS Chicago), and ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32 (USS Chicago).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 and LTjg William Pennewill '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (USS Chicago), ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5), ENS Henry Brossy '31 (USS Chicago), and ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32 (USS Chicago).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29 and LTjg William Pennewill '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (USS Chicago), ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5), and ENS Charles Mallory, Jr. '32 (USS Chicago).

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: LTjg William Pennewill '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Arthur Loeser '27 (USS Chicago) and ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31 (Cruiser Division 5), ENS Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5) and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5) and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S, USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Leo Crane '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: LTjg Alfred Grove '30 (Cruiser Division 5), LTjg Lion Miles '31 (Cruiser Division 5), and ENS Joseph Lacombe '33 (USS Chicago).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT John Gillon '20, LTjg Loren Morris '27, and LTjg Edward Blessman '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR John Gillon '20, LTjg Loren Morris '27, and LTjg Edward Blessman '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1930

Oliver is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.