ROBERT F. COATES, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Coates '30

Date of birth: May 16, 1909

Date of death: October 23, 1935

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Robert was lost on October 23, 1935 when his aircraft collided with another and crashed near Fort Barrancas, Florida during pilot training.

He is buried in Wisconsin.

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Nicholas Pusel '30 was the pilot of the other plane and was also killed in this crash.

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 1930

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 and ENS Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

January 1931

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 and ENS Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

April 1931

Ensign, USS Colorado

Others at this command: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 and ENS Oliver White '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B).

January 1932

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LTjg James Smith, Jr. '25, ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS Charles Crommelin '31, and ENS Lorenz Forbes '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1932

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: LTjg James Smith, Jr. '25, ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, and ENS Lorenz Forbes '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1932

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS Lorenz Forbes '31, ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, and ENS Robert Vandling '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, and ENS Robert Vandling '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, and ENS Robert Vandling '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS Baylies Clark '30, ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, and ENS Robert Vandling '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, and ENS Robert Vandling '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Lorenz Forbes '31 (Battleship Division 3).

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31, ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, and ENS Robert Vandling '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Arizona

Others at this command: ENS John Moore '32, ENS Nathaniel Dial '32, ENS Robert Vandling '32, 2LT David McDougal '33, and ENS Charles Brewer '34.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B, USS Arizona

Others at or embarked at USS Arizona: ENS John Moore '32 (USS Arizona), ENS Robert Vandling '32 (USS Arizona), 2LT David McDougal '33 (USS Arizona), and ENS Charles Brewer '34 (USS Arizona).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B, USS Arizona

Others at or embarked at USS Arizona: ENS Robert Vandling '32 (USS Arizona), 2LT David McDougal '33 (USS Arizona), ENS Arthur Newman '34 (USS Arizona), and ENS Charles Brewer '34 (USS Arizona).


Class of 1930

Robert is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.