PHILLIP G. WILD, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Phillip Wild, Jr. '36

Date of birth: November 30, 1912

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Phillip was lost when USS Edsall (DD 219) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 by Japanese surface and air forces. He was the ship's engineering officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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 1937

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LT William Gray '21, LTjg Andrew Stewart '31, ENS Victor Gadrow '35, ENS David Connole '36, and ENS Roy Krogh '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Ned Wentz '33 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LT William Gray '21, LTjg Andrew Stewart '31, ENS Victor Gadrow '35, ENS David Connole '36, and ENS Roy Krogh '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Ned Wentz '33 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1939

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LCDR William Gray '21, LT Hubert Hayter '24, LTjg Victor Gadrow '35, ENS Patrick Hart '37, and ENS William Cook '38.

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

Others at this command: LTjg Richard Meyers '36 and ENS Ray Snodgrass '37.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

Others at this command: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21, LT Joshua Nix '30, LTjg Richard Meyers '36, and ENS Ray Snodgrass '37.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Edsall

Others at this command: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21, LT Joshua Nix '30, LTjg Richard Meyers '36, and ENS Ray Snodgrass '37.


Class of 1936

Phillip is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.