SAMUEL H. ARTHUR, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Samuel Arthur '20

Date of birth: August 11, 1896

Date of death: August 20, 1936

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Samuel "was killed in an experimental flight at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, on 20 August 1936."

He was survived by his wife, Helen. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Commendation

Arthur was one of three officers awarded a commendation for involvement in development and testing of the tailhook and arresting gear aboard aircraft carriers.

Namesake

Arthur Road, aboard NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, is named for him.

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 1921

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LTjg Arthur Thurston '19 and ENS Archibald Harrington '20.

January 1922

Ensign, USS New Mexico

Others at this command: LT Lyman Swenson '16 and ENS James Carney '21.

May 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS William McCrea '22.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR James Logan '10 (Battleship Division 5).

July 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS William McCrea '22 and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

September 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, ENS William McCrea '22, and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

November 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS New Mexico

Others at this command: ENS Henry Brandenburger '21, ENS William McCrea '22, and ENS Henry Batterton '23.

May 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, LTjg Frederick Kahn '21, ENS Harlow Pino '21, LTjg Kilburn Roby '21, and ENS William Beyrer '22.

July 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, LTjg Frederick Kahn '21, LTjg Kilburn Roby '21, and ENS William Beyrer '22.

November 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, ENS Frederick Kahn '21, and LTjg Kilburn Roby '21USS Aroostook.

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, and LTjg Frederick Kahn '21USS Aroostook.

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15 and LTjg Arnold Isbell '21.

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15 and LTjg Arnold Isbell '21.

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LT Francis Maile, Jr. '15 and LTjg Arnold Isbell '21.

October 1925

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 2

Others at this command: LTjg Frederick Buse '20.

January 1926

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2, USS Langley

Others at this command: LTjg Frederick Buse '20.

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LTjg James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1) and LTjg John Jones '21 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet).

October 1926

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

January 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

April 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

October 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

January 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

April 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

July 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

October 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

January 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Raymond Hansen '22.

April 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station, Naval Operating Base Hampton Roads, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Raymond Hansen '22.

July 1929

Lieutenant, USS Langley

October 1929

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B) and LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B).

January 1930

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B) and LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B).

April 1930

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B).

October 1930

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B) and LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B).

January 1931

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B) and LT James Carney '21 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B).

April 1931

Lieutenant, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1S).

October 1932

Lieutenant, under instruction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Others at this command: LTjg Harry Hubbard '25 and LTjg Howard Garner '29.

January 1933

Lieutenant, under instruction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Others at this command: LTjg Harry Hubbard '25 and LTjg Howard Garner '29.

April 1933

Lieutenant, under instruction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Others at this command: LTjg Harry Hubbard '25 and LTjg Howard Garner '29.

July 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LT William Ault '22, LT William Davis '22, LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27, LTjg Seymour Johnson '27, and LTjg James McRoberts '27.

October 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LT William Ault '22, LT William Davis '22, LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27, LTjg Seymour Johnson '27, and LTjg James McRoberts '27.

April 1934

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LT William Ault '22, LTjg Seymour Johnson '27, and LTjg James McRoberts '27.

July 1934

Lieutenant, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg James Kyes '30, 2LT Robert Brown '31, ENS William Sisko '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

October 1934

Lieutenant, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg James Kyes '30, 2LT Robert Brown '31, ENS William Sisko '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B).

January 1935

Lieutenant, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg James Kyes '30, 1LT Robert Brown '31, ENS William Sisko '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B).

April 1935

Lieutenant, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Robert Bedilion '22, ENS William Sisko '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B).

October 1935

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia

January 1936

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia

April 1936

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia


Class of 1920

Samuel is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.