ROBERT W. GERMANY, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Germany, Jr. '30

Date of birth: December 6, 1909

Date of death: March 2, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Robert was lost when USS Pillsbury (DD 227) was sunk by a superior Japanese surface force in a night action on March 2, 1942, 200 miles east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


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 Maryland


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January 1931

Ensign, USS Maryland


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April 1931

Ensign, USS Maryland


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July 1931

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia


Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia:

LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia)
LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B)
ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)

October 1931

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia


Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia:

LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia)
LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B)
ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)

January 1932

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia


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Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia:

LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia)
LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B)
ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)

April 1932

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia


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Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia:

LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia)
LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B)
ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)

October 1932

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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January 1933

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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April 1933

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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July 1933

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


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April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


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ENS Willis Thomas '31 (Battleship Division 4)

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


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October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


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January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


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April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


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October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Henderson

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Henderson

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Henderson

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lamson

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lamson

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), communications officer, USS Lamson

October 1939

Lieutenant, for assignment, 16th Naval District


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June 1940

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Tutuila

November 1940

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Tutuila

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Pillsbury


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Class of 1930

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

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