RODERICK S. ROONEY, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roderick Rooney '29

Date of birth: October 28, 1908

Date of death: November 16, 1943

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Roderick was lost when USS Corvina (SS 226) was sunk on November 16, 1943 by a Japanese submarine. He was the boat's commissioning commanding officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty USS Tennessee (BB-430 1 Jan 1939 - 1 Oct 1939
  • Flag Lieutenant Commander Battleships Battle Force 1 Jul 1940 - 1 Nov 1940
  • Executive Officer USS Nautilus (SS-168) 5 Oct 1942 - 9 Jan 1943
  • Student PCO School Submarine Base New London 1943
  • Captain USS Corvina (SS-226) 6 Aug 1943 - 16 Nov 1943
  • Lieutenant 30 Jun 1937
  • Lieutenant Commander (T) 1 Jan 1942
  • Lieutenant Commander 30 Jun 1942
  • Commander (T) 1 Oct 1942

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Commander Roderick S. Rooney (NSN: 0-62620), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission Service: Navy

Photographs

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 1929

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Walther Maser '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

October 1929

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Walther Maser '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

January 1930

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Walther Maser '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

October 1930

Ensign, National Board Elections, Nicaragua


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January 1931

Ensign, National Board Elections, Nicaragua

April 1931

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

ENS John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

July 1931

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

October 1931

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

January 1932

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

April 1932

Ensign, USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nevada


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), instr, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut


Others at this command:

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS R-3

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS R-3

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Submarine Division 10, USS Canopus


Others at this command:

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-38

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-38

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-38

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-38

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-38

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS S-38

July 1938

Lieutenant, USS Tennessee


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January 1939

Lieutenant, USS Tennessee


Others at this command:

October 1939

Lieutenant, USS Tennessee


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June 1940

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia:

LCDR John Burrow '21 (USS West Virginia)
LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4)
ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40 (USS West Virginia)

November 1940

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia:

LCDR John Burrow '21 (USS West Virginia)
LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4)
ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40 (USS West Virginia)
ENS Roger Parlett, Jr. '40 (USS West Virginia)

April 1941

Lieutenant, flag lieutenant, Battleship Division 4, USS California


Others at or embarked at USS California:

LT Frederick Purdy '33 (USS California)
ENS Thomas McGrath '40 (USS California)
ENS Benjamin Hall '40 (USS California)
ENS Robert Settle '41 (USS California)
ENS Charles Gunnels, Jr. '41 (USS California)


Class of 1929

Roderick is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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