TERRY L. WATKINS, SR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Terry Watkins '34

Date of birth: March 16, 1911

Date of death: May 9, 1948

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:

Shipmate

From the February 1949 issue of Shipmate:

TERRY LYNN WATKINS, (Cdr. USN- Deceased). We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Cdr. Watkins who was killed in a plane crash on 9 May 1948 between Pueito Rico and Key West, Fla.

As an Ensign he became naval aviator #5281 on July 16, 1937.

He was married and had four children. He has a memory marker in Texas.

Memorial Hall Error

Terry was "Sr."; this is omitted from his name in Memorial Hall.

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 1934

Ensign, USS Houston

Others at this command: LTjg Harold Pound '25 and LTjg John Blue '25.

October 1934

Ensign, USS Houston

Others at this command: ENS James Bullock '33.

January 1935

Ensign, USS Houston

Others at this command: ENS James Bullock '33.

April 1935

Ensign, USS Houston

October 1935

Ensign, USS Tarbell

January 1936

Ensign, USS Tarbell

April 1936

Ensign, USS Tarbell

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6, USS Minneapolis

Others at this command: ENS Norman Ostergren '35.

Others at or embarked at USS Minneapolis: LTjg John Fairbanks, Jr. '32 (USS Minneapolis) and ENS Richard Williams '37 (USS Minneapolis).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6, USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Minneapolis: LTjg John Fairbanks, Jr. '32 (USS Minneapolis), ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 (USS Minneapolis), and ENS Richard Williams '37 (USS Minneapolis).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6, USS Minneapolis

Others at or embarked at USS Minneapolis: LT Joseph Flynn '27 (Cruiser Division 6), ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 (USS Minneapolis), and ENS Richard Williams '37 (USS Minneapolis).

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

Others at this command: LT Renwick Calderhead '27.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

Others at this command: LT Renwick Calderhead '27.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

Others at this command: LT Renwick Calderhead '27.


Class of 1934

Terry is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.