PAUL H. TOBELMAN, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Paul Tobelman '26

Date of birth: September 2, 1903

Date of death: April 16, 1942

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Paul was lost when the transport plane he was aboard crashed near Kodiak, Alaska, on August 16, 1942.

From Wartime Press, this undated passage:

Plane With 14 Missing in Alaska - A U.S. Navy plane with a crew of four and ten passengers enroute from Kodiak to Whitehorse, Alaska was reported overdue by the Navy Department, which notified next of kin of those aboard that the crew and passengers were missing. The flight was a routine one from Kodiak to Seattle, Wash. Three planes started on the trip and were forced to fly by instrument soon after taking off. Two made their way through the bad weather to Whitehorse. Naval aircraft have been making searches for the missing plane and other agencies were asked to assist in the search.

Those aboard the missing plane were Commander Joyce A. Ralph, USN; Lieut. Comdrs. Burton Lee Doggett, USN, Jerome H. Sparbo. USNR and Paul H. Tobelman, USN; Captain Arthur Barrows. USMC; Lieuts. Joseph A. Crook, USN and Thomas E. Johnson. Jr. (ChC), USN; Lieuts. (j.g.) Thomas G. Cherikos, USNR. Charles E. Deterding, USN and Jay A. Noble, Jr.. USN: Ensign Charles L. Mixon, USNR; Charles E. Barber. ACRM. USN; H. A. Scott, ACRM, USN, and C O. Walton, AMM2c. USN.

The aircraft was never located, and all 14 passengers and crew were declared dead a year and a day following their disappearance. The aircraft was a part of Transport Squadron (VR) 2.

Paul was commanding officer of USS Dent (DD–116) in July; unclear if he had been relieved of command prior to the crash.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Related Articles

Joyce Ralph '23, Burton Doggett '24, Joseph Crook '36, Charles Deterding, Jr. '40, and Jay Noble, Jr. '40 were also passengers aboard this aircraft.

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 Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Charles Signer '26, ENS Hilan Ebert '26, and ENS Mannert Abele '26.

January 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Charles Signer '26, ENS Hilan Ebert '26, and ENS Mannert Abele '26.

April 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Charles Signer '26, ENS Hilan Ebert '26, and ENS Mannert Abele '26.

October 1927

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg James Craig '22, ENS Charles Signer '26, ENS Louis Shane, Jr. '26, and ENS Mannert Abele '26.

January 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg James Craig '22, ENS Charles Signer '26, and ENS Mannert Abele '26.

April 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg James Craig '22 and ENS Mannert Abele '26.

July 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Mannert Abele '26.

October 1928

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS Mannert Abele '26 and ENS John Nelson '28.

January 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Nelson '28.

April 1929

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: ENS John Nelson '28.

July 1929

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Austin Behan '25, ENS Eugene Karpe '26, and ENS William Myers '26.

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: LTjg Austin Behan '25, LTjg Eugene Karpe '26, and LTjg William Myers '26.

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Submarine Division 12, USS S-6

Others at or embarked at USS S-6: LT Harold MacLellan '18 (USS S-6).

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-7

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-3

Others at this command: LTjg Eugene Sarsfield '26.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

Others at this command: LTjg Mannert Abele '26.

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-23

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Ammunition Depot, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Narwhal

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Narwhal

Others at this command: LTjg John Crane '26.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Narwhal

Others at this command: LTjg John Crane '26.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Narwhal

Others at this command: LTjg John Crane '26.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Narwhal

January 1937

Lieutenant, USS Narwhal

April 1937

Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant & gunnery officer, USS Narwhal

September 1937

Lieutenant, USS Pike

January 1938

Lieutenant, USS Pike

July 1938

Lieutenant, Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LTjg Byron Newell '30.

January 1939

Lieutenant, Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Byron Newell '30.

October 1939

Lieutenant, Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Elliott Marshall '31.

June 1940

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Crane

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Dent

Others at this command: ENS Arthur Yeates, Jr. '38.

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Dent

Others at this command: ENS Arthur Yeates, Jr. '38.


Class of 1926

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