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:


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 this command: LT Paul Thompson '19, LTjg Charles McDonald '24, LTjg Fitzhugh Rhea '24, and LTjg Herbert Ballinger '24.

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), and LT John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet).

January 1928

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

Others at this command: LT Mark Crouter '20 and LTjg Everett Abdill '24.

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: LTjg John Graff '26.

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 5A

Others at this command: LTjg John Graff '26.

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

Others at this command: ENS John Craig '30 and ENS Ralph Elden '31.

January 1933

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

Others at this command: ENS John Craig '30 and ENS Ralph Elden '31.

April 1933

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

Others at this command: ENS John Craig '30 and ENS Ralph Elden '31.

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 this command: LT Charles McDonald '24, LTjg Elmer Cooper '27, and LTjg Edwin Hurst '32.

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 Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Oliver White '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (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 Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

April 1936

Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Charles McDonald '24, LTjg Elmer Cooper '27, and LTjg Edwin Hurst '32.

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 Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Loren Morris '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (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 Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

July 1936

Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Elmer Cooper '27, LTjg Gerald Dyson '27, and LTjg Edwin Hurst '32.

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 Finley Hall '29 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg John Collett '29 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Aircraft Squadrons), LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

January 1937

Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Gerald Dyson '27 and LTjg Edwin Hurst '32.

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 Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B), LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

April 1937

Lieutenant, Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Gerald Dyson '27 and LTjg Edwin Hurst '32.

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 Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B), LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), and ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga).

October 1939

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Harrington Drake '31 and LTjg John Ennis '35.

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 Smith '38 (USS Saratoga), ENS John Black '38 (USS Saratoga), ENS Keene Hammond '38 (USS Saratoga), ENS Claude Goodman, Jr. '39 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lenard Reichel '39 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, executive officer, Bombing Squadron (VB) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Harrington Drake '31 and LTjg John Ennis '35.

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), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida

Others at this command: LT Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, LT Harrington Drake '31, and LTjg Bertram Prueher '33.

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida

Others at this command: LT Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31, LT Harrington Drake '31, and LTjg Bertram Prueher '33.


Class of 1924

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