RICHARD S. MOSS, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Richard Moss '24

Date of birth: May 6, 1903

Date of death: December 26, 1946

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

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RICHARD STANLEY MOSS

Norwalk, Ohio

"Dick"

RICHARD STANLEY MOSS came in this place with high ideals and he has never lost sight of his goal. He is fond of dreaming about what he is going to do and often astonishes a person with some exceptional idea. If he could only put them to work!

He likes to swim and could probably have made the A-Squad had he stayed out for it. He possesses latent athletic ability but, as he was continuously associated with the Panamanians, he was exposed to and became affected with that disease which they commonly blame on the hookworm. He is far from lazy, but nevertheless inconsistent in athletics.

"Dick" was booted from the ranks of Red Mikes early in his career by dragging consistently in Crabtown. His favorite saying ever since has been "Man, but I do like her."

If you want to have an everlasting friend, just say, "Why, Skipper, I believe you are growing." And should you want to see some fun just tell him you don't believe a word he's saying.

Swimming (4), NA (4); Class Water Polo (4, 3), Numerals (3); Rifle Squad (4, 3, 2, 1); Class Rifle (2), Numerals (2); Class Swimming (4, 3, 2, 1); Class Football (1).

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RICHARD STANLEY MOSS

Norwalk, Ohio

"Dick"

RICHARD STANLEY MOSS came in this place with high ideals and he has never lost sight of his goal. He is fond of dreaming about what he is going to do and often astonishes a person with some exceptional idea. If he could only put them to work!

He likes to swim and could probably have made the A-Squad had he stayed out for it. He possesses latent athletic ability but, as he was continuously associated with the Panamanians, he was exposed to and became affected with that disease which they commonly blame on the hookworm. He is far from lazy, but nevertheless inconsistent in athletics.

"Dick" was booted from the ranks of Red Mikes early in his career by dragging consistently in Crabtown. His favorite saying ever since has been "Man, but I do like her."

If you want to have an everlasting friend, just say, "Why, Skipper, I believe you are growing." And should you want to see some fun just tell him you don't believe a word he's saying.

Swimming (4), NA (4); Class Water Polo (4, 3), Numerals (3); Rifle Squad (4, 3, 2, 1); Class Rifle (2), Numerals (2); Class Swimming (4, 3, 2, 1); Class Football (1).

Loss

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From The Sandusky Register of Sandusky, Ohio, on Saturday, December 28, 1946:

CAPT. RICHARD MOSS. U.S.N. NORWALK, Dec. 28—Word was received here of the tragic death of Captain Richard Moss, 45, of the United States naval air corps, in a plane crash over Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Dec. 26. The body was recovered and will be flown to Washington for burial in Arlington Cemetery. No other details are available as Captain Moss was flying alone at the time. His father, Col. James A. Moss, retired army officer, who with Mrs. Moss has been living in Sarasota, Fla., is flying to Cuba and will return to Washington with the body. In the meantime his mother, Mrs. Moss, formerly Kate Kellogg will go to Fayetteville, N. C. where her other son, Romaine win accompany her to Washington. Captain Moss graduated from Norwalk High school with the class of 1920, and from the Annapolis Naval Academy in 1924. On the day of his graduation, he was united in marriage to Miss Louise Bean, Baltimore, who also survives. There are no children. During World War II, he served on the airplane carrier Block Island and for the past nine months has been commander of the naval base at Guantanamo. A month ago, he was decorated by the Cuban government for saving the town of Guantanamo from destruction by fire.

Richard is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Wartime Service

Richard was commanding officer of USS Solomons (CVE 67) beginning in January 1945.

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.

May 1925
Ensign, USS Reno
July 1925
Ensign, USS Reno
October 1925
Ensign, USS Reno
January 1926
Ensign, USS Reno
October 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Langley


Others at or embarked at USS Langley:
LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 1B)
LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B)
LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet)
January 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), 16th Naval District

April 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
July 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
October 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
January 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
April 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
July 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
October 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A
January 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A

Others at this command:
April 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A

Others at this command:
October 1931
Lieutenant (j.g.), Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia
January 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia
October 1932
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson

January 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson

April 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson

July 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
October 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
April 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
July 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
April 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Simpson
January 1936
Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)
April 1936
Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)
July 1936
Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg William Pye, Jr. '28 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg John Collett '29 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)
January 1937
Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
LCDR Dixie Kiefer '19 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LT John Waldron '24 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LT William Pye, Jr. '28 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg John Collett '29 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)
April 1937
Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
LCDR Dixie Kiefer '19 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LCDR John Gillon '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
LT John Waldron '24 (USS Saratoga)
LT Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LT William Pye, Jr. '28 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg John Collett '29 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)
October 1939
Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
LTjg John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3)
LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3)
ENS Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3)
ENS William Mason, Jr. '37 (USS Saratoga)
ENS John Black '38 (USS Saratoga)
ENS John Smith '38 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Keene Hammond '38 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Lenard Reichel '39 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Claude Goodman, Jr. '39 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga)
June 1940
Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, USS Saratoga


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:
LT William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga)
LT William Sisko '31 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3)
LT John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3)
LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3)
LTjg Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3)
ENS Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3)
ENS Keene Hammond '38 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga)
November 1940
Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida

April 1941
Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida


Class of 1924

Richard is one of 42 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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