ROGER S. BAGNALL, 2LT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roger Bagnall '21

Date of birth: February 11, 1899

Date of death: September 10, 1925

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Roger's loss. Register of Alumni gives date of death but no other information. One record gives his place of death as Washington, D.C., but there is no citation for this information.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife (married 1922) and son, Roger Jr. (USNA '47). (His wife remarried, to Francis McKenna, '21A, which graduated in 1920.)

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

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Harold Hail '21.

May 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

July 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

September 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

November 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

January 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

March 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

May 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

July 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

September 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

November 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

January 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

March 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

May 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

July 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

October 1925

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Edward Trumble '25.

Memorial Hall Error

Roger is listed as a "LT" in Memorial Hall; should be 2LT. (Register of Alumni and his headstone have 2LT.)


Class of 1921

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