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:


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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.


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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

Corvina's (SS-226) officers with their wives at Polly's Inn off West Norwich Road, Montville, CT. 16 July 1943. Lieutenant Commander R. S. Rooney is in the middle, second row. Lieutenant Commander (Executive Officer) David Kinney Sloan, Jr. is seated 4th from the left in the front row.

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

Class of 1929

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