ROGERS S. RANSEHOUSEN, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Rogers Ransehousen '21

Date of birth: January 18, 1899

Date of death: February 27, 1928

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Rogers was lost on February 27, 1928, when the plane he was aboard crashed en route to Annapolis.

He is buried in Massachusetts.

Personal Life

Rogers was involved with a married woman, Constance Hart Wylie, from the San Francisco area; the resulting divorce proceedings played out in newspaper reports in late January and early February 1926.

In November 1927 she was to be married to a Frenchman.

Sometime in late 1925 he was engaged to be married to "a wealthy San Mateo [California] girl, but that she had broken off the engagement at the time of his alleged attentions to Mrs. Wylie.

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Hugo Schmidt '16 and Theodore Ellyson '05 were also lost in this crash.

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.

January 1922

Ensign, USS California

May 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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July 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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September 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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November 1923

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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January 1924

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


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March 1924

Ensign, USS Milwaukee

May 1924

Ensign, USS Milwaukee

July 1924

Ensign, USS Milwaukee

September 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

November 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee


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October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Milwaukee


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April 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 6, USS Florida


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October 1927

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5S, USS Florida


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January 1928

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5S, USS Lexington


Others at or embarked at USS Lexington:

CDR Theodore Ellyson '05 (USS Lexington)
LCDR Hugo Schmidt '16 (USS Lexington)
ENS William Graham, Jr. '25 (USS Lexington)
ENS Wilfred Bushnell '26 (USS Lexington)
ENS Eugene Karpe '26 (USS Lexington)
ENS Harold Sheehan '27 (USS Lexington)
ENS William Potts '27 (USS Lexington)


Class of 1921

Rogers is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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