READER C. SCOTT, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Reader Scott '32

Date of birth: August 10, 1909

Date of death: November 21, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Obituary

From Find A Grave:

Lt. Commander U.S. Navy, World War II-Lt. Com. Scott died of his wounds on 11-21-1942 while serving as the XO on the USS Walke {DD-416} in the South Pacific during the Battle for Guadalcanal in the area of Iron Bottom Sound. This ship was sunk by a Japanese Submarine. The USS Walke was Sims-Class Destroyer that was named after Rear Admiral Henry A. Walke, 1809-1896. It was built in Boston, Ma.

He is the son of Mr. Clarence P. & Mrs. Irene {Campdoras} Scott of 1500 North Prospect Road in Peoria, Illinois, and is a 1928 graduate of Peoria H.S., and a 1932 graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.

Commander Scott has been in the Navy for ten years, and sailed around the world, spent two years in China, two years of Marine Engineerining at the Naval Academy, and the last time his parents saw him in Peoria was 1939. Mr. Scott was never married, but leaves one brother, Major Leon Scott, West Point graduate, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, and one sister, Miss Ione Scott of Peoria.

Awards: Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, American Defense Medal, China Service Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, 2nd Award, Pacific Campaign Medal with two Battle Stars.

Footnote: Commander Scott received his Silver Star for rescue operations on the USS Walke.

USS Walke (DD 416) was sunk on November 15, 1942 at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

His mother 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.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: LTjg Eugene Karpe '26, ENS Benjamin Ghetzler '31, and ENS Edward Allen '31.

January 1933

Ensign, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: LTjg Eugene Karpe '26, ENS Benjamin Ghetzler '31, and ENS Edward Allen '31.

April 1933

Ensign, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: ENS Benjamin Ghetzler '31.

July 1933

Ensign, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33.

October 1933

Ensign, USS Arkansas

Others at this command: ENS Edward Allen '31 and ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg William Oliver '29 (Aviation Unit).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33.

July 1934

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: 1LT David Claude '24, ENS Burden Hastings '33, ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33, and ENS William Drumtra '34.

April 1935

Ensign, USS Idaho

Others at this command: ENS Burden Hastings '33, ENS John McCormack, Jr. '33, and ENS William Drumtra '34.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sacramento

Others at this command: LT Richard Baron '24 and LTjg John Hollingsworth '31.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sacramento

Others at this command: LT Richard Baron '24 and LTjg John Hollingsworth '31.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sacramento

Others at this command: LT Richard Baron '24 and LTjg John Hollingsworth '31.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sacramento

Others at this command: LT Richard Baron '24.

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bulmer

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bulmer

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bulmer

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bulmer

Others at this command: LT John Burke '28.

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trinity

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Trinity

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LTjg George Fuller '35, and LTjg George Lambert '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy) and 2LT Alfred Gordon '39 (USS Reina Mercedes, Naval Academy).

April 1941

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Milton Pavlic '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, and LTjg George Fuller '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy).


Class of 1932

Reader is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.