ROBERT W. LARSON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Larson '24

Date of birth: June 1, 1902

Date of death: June 11, 1936

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

During dive bombing practice, SOC-1 from Memphis (CL-13) crashed into the sea near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lt. Robert W. Larson and Aviation Machinist's Mate Sidney L. Harris both killed. 11 June 1936.

Robert earned his wings as naval aviator #3402 on April 7, 1928.

Unable to find a memorial marker or any 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.

July 1924

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

September 1924

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

November 1924

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

January 1925

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

March 1925

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

May 1925

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

July 1925

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Henry Schmidt '22.

October 1925

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: LTjg Henry Schmidt '22.

January 1926

Ensign, USS Rochester

October 1926

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Louis LeHardy '26.

January 1927

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Louis LeHardy '26.

April 1927

Ensign, USS Rochester

Others at this command: ENS Louis LeHardy '26.

January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Robert Fleming '17, LT William Sample '19, LT Frederick Roberts '20, LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20, LT John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Davis '22, and ENS Thelman Lester '25.

April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, instrn

July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: ENS Thelman Lester '25.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT George Cuddihy '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), ENS William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), ENS Eugene Karpe '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Harold Sheehan '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington).

October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT George Cuddihy '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), ENS Eugene Karpe '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Harold Sheehan '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington).

January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT George Cuddihy '18 and LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), ENS Eugene Karpe '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Dick Downer '27 (USS Lexington), ENS Harold Sheehan '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington).

April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT George Cuddihy '18 and LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LTjg Jack DeShazo '25 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), ENS Eugene Karpe '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Dick Downer '27 (USS Lexington), ENS Harold Sheehan '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington).

July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Charles Signer '26.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Lexington), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), ENS Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Dick Downer '27 (USS Lexington), ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Yoho '29 (USS Lexington).

October 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Lexington), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Yoho '29 (USS Lexington).

January 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Lexington), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), LTjg Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Yoho '29 (USS Lexington).

April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Lexington), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), LTjg William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington), LTjg Hilan Ebert '26 (USS Lexington), ENS Robert Winters '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 1B), ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington), and ENS John Yoho '29 (USS Lexington).

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Rigid Airship Training & Experimental Squadron, USS Akron

Others at or embarked at USS Akron: CDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Akron), LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21 (USS Akron), LTjg Hammond Dugan '24 (USS Akron), LTjg Charles Miller '25 (USS Akron), LTjg Morgan Redfield '26 (USS Akron), and LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26 (USS Akron).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron, USS Akron

Others at or embarked at USS Akron: CDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Akron), LCDR Harold MacLellan '18 (USS Akron), LT George Calnan '20 (USS Akron), LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21 (USS Akron), LT Herbert Wescoat '23 (USS Akron), LTjg Hammond Dugan '24 (USS Akron), LTjg Charles Miller '25 (USS Akron), LTjg Morgan Redfield '26 (USS Akron), LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26 (USS Akron), and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27 (USS Akron).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron, USS Akron

Others at or embarked at USS Akron: CDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Akron), LCDR Harold MacLellan '18 (USS Akron), LT George Calnan '20 (USS Akron), LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21 (USS Akron), LT Herbert Wescoat '23 (USS Akron), LTjg Hammond Dugan '24 (USS Akron), LTjg Charles Miller '25 (USS Akron), LTjg Morgan Redfield '26 (USS Akron), LTjg Wilfred Bushnell '26 (USS Akron), and LTjg Cyrus Clendening '27 (USS Akron).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), engineering officer, USS Macon

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Macon

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Macon

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15 (USS Milwaukee) and LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15 (USS Milwaukee) and LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15 (USS Milwaukee) and LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

April 1935

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15 (USS Milwaukee) and LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

October 1935

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at this command: LTjg Vernon Hain '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

January 1936

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 5B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee) and LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).

April 1936

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 5B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee) and LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B).


Class of 1924

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