ROGER V. PARLETT, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roger Parlett, Jr. '40

Date of birth: September 5, 1917

Date of death: May 5, 1948

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the July 1948 issue of Shipmate:

ROGER V. PARLETT, JR., '40, (Lt. Cdr., USN). Died in a fighter plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean on 5 May 1948.

He was the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. David O. Parlett of Annapolis, a son of the late Dr. Roger V. Parlett, Sr., and a nephew of Mrs. Thomas J. Linrhicum of Annapolis, and Morgan O. Parlett, of Eastport.

Lt. Cdr. Parlett was the assistant projects officer at the Chincoteague Naval Aviation Ordnance Test Station. He crashed 30 miles southeast of Chincoteague.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Katheryn Johnson Parlett, two sons, and his mother, Mrs. Frances H. Parlett, of Tucson, Ariz.

He has one a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery and another in Arizona.

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.

June 1940

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21 and ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: CAPT Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4), LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4), and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).

November 1940

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21 and ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40.

Others at or embarked at this command: RADM Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4), LT Roderick Rooney '29 (Battleship Division 4), and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).

April 1941

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR John Burrow '21, ENS Henry Graham, Sr. '40, and ENS Wendell Thompson '41.

Others at or embarked at this command: RADM Isaac Kidd '06 (Battleship Division 4) and LTjg Ralph Beacham '35 (Observation Squadron (VO) 4).


Class of 1940

Roger is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.