From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Settle '41

Date of birth: February 6, 1919

Date of death: September 20, 1944

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost on September 20, 1944 when his aircraft collided with another approximately 2 miles west of Bunnell, Florida. (Information from November 1944 issue of Shipmate).

He is buried in Virginia and has a memory marker in the Winona neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia.


Soon after graduating Robert served aboard USS California, whose home port was Pearl Harbor. An account of the action aboard the California on December 7, 1941 cites several ensigns, including Robert, among the brave men who assisted others when the ship came under attack: "Ensigns Edgar M. Fain, R.B. Canfield, Charles W. Gunnels Jr., Cary H. Hall, Stanley C. Hall, Robert D. Kirkpatrick Jr., Charles J. Lyden, Thomas P. McGrath, Archibald T. Nicholson Jr., Thomas J. Rudden Jr., Robert L. Settle, and William W. Walker “displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, bravery, and coolness” while fighting fires and rescuing men."


Rob was an Eagle Scout, earning the distinction in August 1934.

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.

April 1941

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command:

Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4)

Class of 1941

Robert is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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