STUART W. KING, LTCOL, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Stuart King '20

Date of birth: September 25, 1897

Date of death: January 12, 1945

Age: 47

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Stuart died in Japanese captivity, probably on January 12, 1945, following his transport aboard the Hell Ship Enoura Maru. (One listing has December 31, 1944; another has January 19, 1945. Believe that the list here, with January 12, 1945, is more accurate.) Stuart had survived the bombing of the Oryoku Maru in December, and was transferred to Enoura Maru where he died right before reaching Takao, Formosa (Jan. 1) or after that ship, too, was bombed (Jan. 9).

He had been captured upon the fall of Corregidor in May 1941.

His wife, Mary, was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in South Carolina.

Career

He was once a member of VMI's class of 1919.

At the beginning of the war, he was commanding officer of the Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Base, Subic Bay, PI. That unit, which included 3 officers and 73 Marines, was disbanded on December 22, 1942 and personnel transferred to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. Stuart became "technical advisor" and executive officer to Francis Bridget '21, a patrol plane pilot who was then also the commander of the Naval Battalion. They were involved in action on the Bataan peninsula and later on Corregidor island.

Memorial Hall Error

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall, but not with his classmates in the Class of 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 1920

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

Others at this command: 2LT Frederick Chappelle '20 and 2LT Ronald Boone '20.

January 1921

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Provisional Brigade Marines, Haiti

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18.

January 1922

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Brigade Marines, Haiti

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18.

May 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

July 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

September 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

November 1923

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

January 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

March 1924

2nd Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

May 1924

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Marine Brigade, Dominican Republic

July 1924

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Marine Brigade, Dominican Republic

September 1924

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

November 1924

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

January 1925

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

March 1925

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

May 1925

1st Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

July 1925

1st Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

October 1925

1st Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

January 1926

1st Lieutenant, 1st Marine Brigade, Haiti

October 1926

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Joseph Wolfe '26 and 2LT Thomas Jordan '26.

January 1927

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Joseph Wolfe '26 and 2LT Thomas Jordan '26.

April 1927

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia

October 1927

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, 2LT Ralph Forsyth '22, 2LT Edward Trumble '25, and 2LT Joseph Wolfe '26.

January 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, 2LT Ralph Forsyth '22, 2LT Edward Trumble '25, 2LT Joseph Wolfe '26, and 2LT Lofton Henderson '26.

April 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22, 2LT Edward Trumble '25, 2LT Joseph Wolfe '26, and 2LT Lofton Henderson '26.

July 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22, and 2LT Edward Trumble '25.

October 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China

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

January 1929

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China

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

April 1929

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia

July 1929

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

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

October 1929

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

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

January 1930

1st Lieutenant, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 and 2LT Edward Trumble '25.

April 1930

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola

Others at this command: LTjg Lawrence McPeake '24 and ENS Edwin Martin '29.

October 1930

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola

Others at this command: LTjg Lawrence McPeake '24.

January 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola

Others at this command: LTjg Lawrence McPeake '24.

April 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola

Others at this command: LTjg Lawrence McPeake '24.

July 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola

Others at this command: ENS Edwin Martin '29 and ENS Albert Gray '31.

October 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola

Others at this command: ENS Edwin Martin '29 and ENS Albert Gray '31.

January 1932

1st Lieutenant, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 2LT Thomas Jordan '26 and 2LT John Heil '28.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT David Claude '24 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 2LT Harold Bauer '30 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), and 2LT Paul Moret '30 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

April 1932

1st Lieutenant, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Thomas Jordan '26 and 2LT John Heil '28.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT David Claude '24 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

October 1932

1st Lieutenant, under instruction, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20.

January 1933

1st Lieutenant, under instruction, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20.

April 1933

1st Lieutenant, under instruction, Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20.

July 1933

1st Lieutenant, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Ronald Boone '20 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia) and 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

October 1933

1st Lieutenant, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

April 1934

1st Lieutenant, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Ronald Boone '20.

July 1934

1st Lieutenant, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22.

October 1934

1st Lieutenant, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Ralph Forsyth '22.

January 1935

Captain, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: CAPT Ralph Forsyth '22 and 1LT John Heil '28.

April 1935

Captain, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: CAPT Ralph Forsyth '22, 1LT Charles Kail '23, and 1LT John Heil '28.

October 1935

Captain, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: CAPT Ralph Forsyth '22, CAPT Charles Kail '23, 2LT Hector De Zayas '32, and 2LT David McDougal '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft One, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

January 1936

Captain, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: CAPT Ralph Forsyth '22, CAPT Charles Kail '23, 1LT Hector De Zayas '32, and 2LT David McDougal '33.

April 1936

Captain, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

Others at this command: 1LT Harry Lang '29 and 2LT John Butler '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: CAPT Ralph Forsyth '22 (1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 1LT Thomas Jordan '26 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 1LT Harold Bauer '30 (Aircraft One, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 1LT Cleo Keen '32 (Aircraft One, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), 1LT Hector De Zayas '32 (1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia), and 2LT David McDougal '33 (1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia).

July 1936

Captain, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

January 1937

Captain, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

April 1937

Captain, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

September 1937

Captain, Inspector, 8th Battalion, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, Detroit, Michigan

January 1938

Captain, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LT William France '24 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.), LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station), and LT William Millican '28 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

July 1938

Captain, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: 2LT James Bromeyer '37.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21 (Naval Gun Factory) and LTjg Arthur Spring '30 (Naval Gun Factory).

January 1939

Captain, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: 2LT James Bromeyer '37.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21 (Naval Gun Factory) and LT Arthur Spring '30 (Naval Gun Factory).

October 1939

Major, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Edwin Crouch '21 (Naval Gun Factory) and LT Victor Gaulin '30 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.).

June 1940

Major, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines: LCDR George Brooke '21 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), LT John Welch '23 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), and LCDR Richard Baron '24 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines).

November 1940

Major, commanding officer, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines: LT John Welch '23 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), LCDR Richard Baron '24 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), and LT Charles Weschler '32 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines).

April 1941

Major, commanding officer, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines

Others at this command: 1LT Alben Robertson '37, 2LT Willard Holdredge '39, and 2LT William Hogaboom '39.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines: LT John Welch '23 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), LCDR Richard Baron '24 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), LT Charles Weschler '32 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines), and LT Robert Gallagher '33 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines).


Class of 1920

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