RAY O. PENROD, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ray Penrod '41

Date of birth: July 4, 1917

Date of death: October 15, 1942

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Ray was lost when USS Meredith (DD 434) was sunk by Japanese air attack on October 15, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Ray's memory marker in Illinois says he was serving as Chief Engineer.

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.

April 1941

Ensign, USS Meredith

Others at this command: LT Edgar Chase '32 and LTjg Thomas Shriver '35.


Class of 1941

Ray is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.