RAYMOND A. HANSEN, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Raymond Hansen '22

Date of birth: March 16, 1899

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Photograph courtesy Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61.
Photograph courtesy Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61.
Photograph courtesy Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61.

Raymond was lost when USS Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk early in the morning of August 9, 1942 by Japanese surface forces at the Battle of Savo Island.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He had two sons, Raymond Alfred Hansen, Jr (USNA CLASS 1961) and Louis Storck Hansen my younger brother. He also had two daughters, Dorothea Hansen (Gilligan) and my twin sister, Eleanor Hansen (Nichols). (Information from Raymond Jr. via email on November 6, 2018.)

Biography

From A Log of the Vincennes:

Commander Hansen was born on March 16, 1899, at Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from high school and attending the University of Wisconsin one year, he entered the service in World War I. He had been a member of the R.O.T.C. at the University. While stationed at Fort Sheridan, he was appointed to the Naval Academy, from which he was graduated in 1922. After completing a course at the Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, he served on board the Idaho until 1925, and then the U.S.S. S-37 from 1926 to 1928. His next service was in charge of the U.S.S. O-3 and the R-11 (1930-32), after which he completed a course of instruction at the Deep Sea Diving School, Washington, D.C.

During 1933-35, Commander Hansen was in charge of the Experimental Diving Unit at the Washington Navy Yard. He then served on board the Arkansas and at the Naval Academy, where he taught French. In 1940, he was assigned to the Vincennes as Damage Control Officer, serving in the Atlantic and the Pacific until reported missing after the Battle of Savo Island. He was commissioned Ensign, June 3, 1922; Lieutenant (jg), July 9, 1925; Lieutenant, February 1, 1926; Lieutenant Commander, July 30, 1937; and Commander, January 3, 1942.

In high school and the university, Commander Hansen was active in debating and dramatics, and he was editor of his high school class book. He was also an accomplished pianist. While in the naval service he assisted in developing the Munson Lung, and he became Executive Officer of the Vincennes when that ship went to the Pacific in 1942. Apparently his naval training was very diversified even to including aviation. He is survived by his wife, the former Virginia Storck, and their four children, who live at 2206 Fern Street, Arlington, Virginia.

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Eugene Elmore '22 was Raymond's roommate, and was also lost in the Battle of Savo Island (while serving aboard USS Quincy (CA 39)). Information from Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61 via email on November 6, 2018.

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.

July 1923

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LTjg LaRue Lawbaugh '20, ENS Harlow Pino '21, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

September 1923

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LTjg LaRue Lawbaugh '20, ENS Harlow Pino '21, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

November 1923

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LTjg LaRue Lawbaugh '20, ENS Harlow Pino '21, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

January 1924

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LTjg LaRue Lawbaugh '20, ENS Harlow Pino '21, and ENS Donald Weller '23.

March 1924

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LTjg LaRue Lawbaugh '20 and ENS Donald Weller '23.

May 1924

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: LTjg LaRue Lawbaugh '20 and ENS Donald Weller '23.

May 1925

Ensign, under instruction, USS Chewink

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19, LTjg Joseph Hubbard '21, LTjg Leonard Lyons, Jr. '21, ENS Frederic Foster '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, and ENS John Welch '23.

July 1925

Ensign, under instruction, USS Chewink

Others at this command: LTjg James Haselden, Jr. '20, ENS Frederic Foster '22, ENS Donald Weller '23, ENS Edmund Egbert '23, and ENS John Welch '23.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, USS Chewink

Others at this command: ENS Donald Weller '23 and ENS John Welch '23.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), 16th Naval District

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

October 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-37

October 1928

Lieutenant, ordered to U.S.

January 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Samuel Arthur '20.

April 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Samuel Arthur '20.

July 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT John Heil '28.

October 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

January 1930

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

April 1930

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

October 1930

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS O-3

January 1931

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS O-3

April 1931

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS O-3

July 1931

Lieutenant, USS R-11

October 1931

Lieutenant, USS R-11

January 1932

Lieutenant, USS R-11

April 1932

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-11

October 1932

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS R-11

January 1933

Lieutenant, under instruction, Diving School, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Norman Ives '20.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LTjg Robley Clark '24 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), LTjg William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Marine Barracks), LTjg Fremont Wright '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), and LTjg Julian Morrison, Jr. '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

April 1933

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Norman Ives '20 (Diving School), LT William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Marine Barracks), LTjg Fremont Wright '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), and LTjg Julian Morrison, Jr. '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

July 1933

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), 1LT Edward Trumble '25 (Marine Barracks), and LTjg Julian Morrison, Jr. '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

October 1933

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.) and LTjg Julian Morrison, Jr. '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

April 1934

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.) and LTjg John Blue '25 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

July 1934

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), LTjg William Hank '25 (Naval Gun Factory), LTjg Howard Gilmore '26 (Naval Gun Factory), and LTjg Sidney Smith '26 (Naval Gun Factory).

October 1934

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), LTjg Howard Gilmore '26 (Naval Gun Factory), and LTjg Sidney Smith '26 (Naval Gun Factory).

January 1935

Lieutenant, Experimental Diving Unit, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), LTjg Howard Gilmore '26 (Naval Gun Factory), and LTjg Sidney Smith '26 (Naval Gun Factory).

April 1935

Lieutenant, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: LCDR Archer King, Jr. '15.

October 1935

Lieutenant, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: ENS James Kemper '32.

January 1936

Lieutenant, USS Arkansas

April 1936

Lieutenant, USS Arkansas

July 1936

Lieutenant, USS Arkansas

January 1937

Lieutenant, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: ENS Dewey Johnston '34.

April 1937

Lieutenant, engineering officer, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: ENS Dewey Johnston '34.

September 1937

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, USS Arkansas

January 1938

Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, USS Arkansas

July 1938

Lieutenant Commander, language study, American Embassy, Paris, France

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Cleaveland Miller '29, ENS Daniel Deckelman '37, ENS John Salvage '39, ENS Arthur Alexander '40, ENS John Spears '40, and ENS Raymond Murray '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Cleaveland Miller '29, LTjg Irving McCann, Jr. '35, LTjg Daniel Deckelman '37, ENS John Salvage '39, ENS Arthur Alexander '40, ENS John Spears '40, and ENS Raymond Murray '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, USS Vincennes

Others at this command: LT Cleaveland Miller '29, LTjg Irving McCann, Jr. '35, LTjg Daniel Deckelman '37, ENS John Salvage '39, ENS Arthur Alexander '40, ENS John Spears '40, and ENS Raymond Murray '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Richard McGowan '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).


Class of 1922

Raymond is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.