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.

Memorial Hall Error

Robert's name is not on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

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

Others at this command: LT Paul Register '21 and ENS John Shaffer, III '30.

January 1931

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LT Paul Register '21 and ENS John Shaffer, III '30.

April 1931

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LT Paul Register '21 and ENS John Shaffer, III '30.

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), and 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), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia).

January 1932

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30.

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), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia).

April 1932

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30.

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), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia).

October 1932

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Howard Healy '22, LTjg Francis Black '26, LTjg Henry Dozier '27, ENS Seymour Owens '31, ENS Francis Douglass '32, and ENS James Kemper '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Howard Healy '22, LTjg Francis Black '26, LTjg Henry Dozier '27, ENS Seymour Owens '31, ENS Francis Douglass '32, and ENS James Kemper '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: LT Howard Healy '22, LTjg Francis Black '26, LTjg Henry Dozier '27, ENS Seymour Owens '31, ENS Francis Douglass '32, and ENS James Kemper '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS James Kemper '32, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 (US Fleet).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS James Kemper '32, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 (US Fleet).

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS James Kemper '32, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 (US Fleet) and ENS Willis Thomas '31 (Battleship Division 4).

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS James Kemper '32, ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, and ENS Richard Boutelle '34.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS James Kemper '32, ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, and ENS Richard Boutelle '34.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, and ENS Richard Boutelle '34.

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

Others at this command: ENS Francis Douglass '32, ENS Martin Ray, Jr. '34, and ENS Richard Boutelle '34.

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

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Robert Smith, Jr. '19, LCDR Robert Smith '20, LCDR Joseph Hubbard '21, LT Charles Tolman, Jr. '25, LTjg John Armstrong, Jr. '30, LT Thomas Marshall, Jr. '30, and LTjg Millard Klein '31.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Robert Smith, Jr. '19, LCDR Robert Smith '20, LCDR Joseph Hubbard '21, LT Louis LeHardy '26, LTjg John Armstrong, Jr. '30, LT Thomas Marshall, Jr. '30, and LTjg Millard Klein '31.

October 1939

Lieutenant, for assignment, 16th Naval District

Others at this command: LCDR William Haynsworth, Jr. '23, LT Robert Johnson '24, LT Edward Blessman '31, LTjg Joseph Lacombe '33, and LTjg Richard Meyers '36.

June 1940

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Tutuila

November 1940

Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Tutuila

April 1941

Lieutenant, USS Pillsbury

Others at this command: LCDR Harold Pound '25, LTjg Green Goodloe '37, and ENS Howard Fischer '38.


Class of 1930

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