OSCAR W. PATE, JR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Oscar Pate, Jr. '27

Date of birth: December 4, 1904

Date of death: February 2, 1935

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

Lt. (jg)s John Grafton Burgess and Oscar Willis Pate killed when FF-1 plane crashed and burned near Millsap, Tex. 2 February 1935.

Oscar was a member of Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B; his crewmate, John, was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3B. Both of these squadrons were embarked aboard USS Ranger (CV 4).

Oscar is buried in Georgia; he was survived by his father

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John Burgess '30 was also lost in this crash.

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 1929

Ensign, USS Saratoga

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

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

April 1930

Ensign, Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 9S

Others at this command: LTjg Hallsted Hopping '24.

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg Seymour Johnson '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Chester: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15 (USS Chester), LT William Davis '22 (USS Chester), LTjg Julian Jordan '25 (USS Chester), and LTjg William Hank '25 (USS Chester).

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S, USS Chester

Others at this command: LT William Davis '22 and LTjg Seymour Johnson '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Chester: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15 (USS Chester), LTjg Julian Jordan '25 (USS Chester), and LTjg William Hank '25 (USS Chester).

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Dudley Morton '30 and ENS James Coe '30.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Chicago

Others at this command: ENS Dudley Morton '30 and ENS James Coe '30.

October 1931

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

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Chicago) and ENS James Coe '30 (USS Chicago).

January 1932

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

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Chicago) and ENS James Coe '30 (USS Chicago).

April 1932

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

Others at this command: ENS Harold MacFarlane '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Chicago: ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Chicago) and ENS James Coe '30 (USS Chicago).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Langley

Others at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24, LTjg Clair Miller '29, and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Langley

Others at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 (USS Langley) and 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 and LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger), LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger), LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), 1LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger), ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger).


Class of 1927

Oscar is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.