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.


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


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January 1921

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Provisional Brigade Marines, Haiti


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January 1922

2nd Lieutenant, 1st Brigade Marines, Haiti


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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


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January 1927

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


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April 1927

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

October 1927

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China


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January 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China


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April 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China


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July 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China


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October 1928

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China


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January 1929

1st Lieutenant, 3rd Marine Brigade, China


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April 1929

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

July 1929

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


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October 1929

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


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January 1930

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


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April 1930

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola


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October 1930

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola


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January 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola


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April 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola


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July 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola


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October 1931

1st Lieutenant, USS Pensacola


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January 1932

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


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Others at or embarked at this command:

1LT David Claude '24 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)
2LT Paul Moret '30 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)
2LT Harold Bauer '30 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)

April 1932

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


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1LT David Claude '24 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)

October 1932

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


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January 1933

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


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April 1933

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


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July 1933

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


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1LT Ronald Boone '20 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)
1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)

October 1933

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


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1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Expeditionary Force, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia)

April 1934

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


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July 1934

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


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October 1934

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


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January 1935

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


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April 1935

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


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October 1935

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


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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


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April 1936

Captain, staff, Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia


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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)
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.


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LT William France '24 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station)
LT William Millican '28 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)

July 1938

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


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LCDR Edwin Crouch '21 (Naval Gun Factory)
LTjg Arthur Spring '30 (Naval Gun Factory)

January 1939

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


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LCDR Edwin Crouch '21 (Naval Gun Factory)
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)
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)
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)
LT Charles Weschler '32 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines)

April 1941

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


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LT John Welch '23 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines)
LCDR Richard Baron '24 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines)
LT Charles Weschler '32 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines)
LT Robert Gallagher '33 (Navy Yard, Cavite, Philippines)


Class of 1920

Stuart is one of 28 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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