ROBERT E. SAYRE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Sayre '24

Date of birth: May 13, 1902

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Robert was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933. He was aboard as a guest.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

Namesake

Sayre Avenue aboard Moffett Federal Airfield (California) is named for Robert.

Related Articles

William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Henry Cecil '10, Frank McCord '11, Harold Maclellan '18, Joseph Severyns '20, George Calnan '20, Richard Cross, Jr. '21, Herbert Wescoat '23, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Morgan Redfield '26, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost aboard Akron.

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 Farragut

July 1925

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: ENS Joyce Ralph '23.

October 1925

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: ENS Joyce Ralph '23.

January 1926

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: ENS Joyce Ralph '23.

October 1926

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

January 1927

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

April 1927

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

October 1927

Ensign, USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Farragut

Others at this command: LTjg Augustus Mulvanity '23 and LTjg Joyce Ralph '23.

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Procyon

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Procyon

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Procyon

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Procyon

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Morgan Redfield '26, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Morgan Redfield '26, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08, LCDR Frank McCord '11, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, LTjg Morgan Redfield '26, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: LCDR Frank McCord '11, LCDR David Cummins '18, LCDR Harold MacLellan '18, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: LCDR David Cummins '18, LCDR Harold MacLellan '18, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: LCDR David Cummins '18, LCDR Harold MacLellan '18, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LTjg Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: LCDR David Cummins '18, LCDR Harold MacLellan '18, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, LT Herbert Wescoat '23, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, LTjg Charles Miller '25, and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27.

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: LCDR David Cummins '18, LT Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20, LTjg Charles Callaway '24, and LTjg Clinton Rounds '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron) and 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Barracks).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey

Others at this command: LCDR David Cummins '18, LT Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20, and LTjg Charles Callaway '24.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Fred Berry '08 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron) and 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Barracks).


Class of 1924

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