ROY E. GREEN, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roy Green, Jr. '38

Date of birth: April 19, 1916

Date of death: July 21, 1942

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Roy was lost when the PBY-5 Catalina patrol bomber he was piloting crashed on July 21, 1942 in the Aleutians shortly after takeoff from Atika. All members of the crew perished.

His wife was listed as next of kin. His remains were not recovered.

Career

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 8/26/1940
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 7250, 3/4/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • Date of rank LT from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register, 6/15/1942
  • USS Casco (AVP-12) received from VP-43 for transport NAS Dutch Harbor, 7/8/1942
  • USS Casco (AVP-12) transfer to VP-43 for transport complete, 7/9/1942
  • USS Casco (AVP-12) received from VP-43 for transport operating area, 7/17/1942
  • USS Casco (AVP-12) transfer to VP-43 PatWing4 Nazan Bay, 7/18/1942
  • VP-43 PatWing4 Chernofsky Harbor Unalaska KIFA BNR, 7/21/1942

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Roy E. Green, Jr. (NSN: 0-81359), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant

Memorial Hall Error?

Frank is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this—which appears to be incidental to a combat flight—has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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 1938

Ensign, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23, LT Willford Hyman '24, and ENS William Brady '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

January 1939

Ensign, USS San Francisco

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23, LT Willford Hyman '24, LTjg Richard Boutelle '34, and ENS William Brady '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 7).

October 1939

Ensign, USS Jouett

Others at this command: LT Robley Clark '24.

June 1940

Ensign, USS Jouett

Others at this command: LCDR Robley Clark '24.

November 1940

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LCDR George Grove '15, CDR William Sample '19, LT Finley Hall '29, LT John Yoho '29, LT William Pennewill '29, LT Lance Massey '30, LT Albert Major, Jr. '32, LT Daniel Gothie '32, LT Dewitt Shumway '32, LT George Bellinger '32, LT John Spiers '32, LT Martin Koivisto '32, ENS Frank Peterson '33, LTjg John Phillips, Jr. '33, LTjg Charles Ware '34, LTjg Charles Brewer '34, CAPT Floyd Parks '34, LTjg Frank Whitaker '34, LTjg George Nicol '34, LTjg Philip Torrey, Jr. '34, LTjg Walker Ethridge '34, LTjg Allan Edmands '35, LTjg John Powers '35, LTjg Richard Stephenson '35, LTjg Victor Gadrow '35, LTjg Porter Maxwell '36, LTjg Roy Krogh '36, LTjg Frank Henderson, Jr. '37, LTjg John Thomas '37, LTjg John Boal '37, LTjg Richard Hughes '37, ENS Alphonse Minvielle '38, ENS Carl Holmstrom '38, ENS Charles Anderson '38, ENS Charles King '38, ENS Charles Reimann '38, ENS Curtis Howard '38, ENS Donald Smith '38, 2LT Douglas Keeler '38, ENS Edmundo Gandia '38, ENS Eric Allen, Jr. '38, ENS Frank Quady '38, ENS Frank Case, Jr. '38, ENS Harry Bass '38, ENS Harry Howell '38, ENS Howard Clark '38, ENS Howard Fischer '38, ENS James Ginn '38, 2LT James Owens '38, ENS Jep Jonson '38, ENS John Kelley '38, ENS John Erickson '38, 2LT John Maclaughlin, Jr. '38, ENS John Eversole '38, ENS Leonard Thornhill '38, ENS Marion Dufilho '38, ENS Osborne Wiseman '38, ENS Oswald Zink '38, ENS Richard Crommelin '38, ENS Robert Seibels, Jr. '38, ENS Roy Hale, Jr. '38, ENS William Brady '38, ENS William Tate, Jr. '38, and ENS William Lamberson '38.

April 1941

Ensign, Patrol Squadron (VP) 12, San Diego, California


Class of 1938

Roy is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.