TRUMAN E. CARPENTER, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Truman Carpenter '32

Date of birth: June 15, 1909

Date of death: January 5, 1938

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Truman was lost on January 5, 1938 when the seaplane he was aboard crashed approximately 100 miles from Hawaii while on a training flight. Six others aboard were also lost.

He has a memory marker in California.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #4157 on October 30, 1935.

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.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS Edward Blessman '31, ENS Elliott Marshall '31, ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32, and ENS Robert Strickler '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Edward Blessman '31, ENS Elliott Marshall '31, ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32, and ENS Robert Strickler '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Edward Blessman '31, ENS Elliott Marshall '31, ENS Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31, ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32, and ENS Robert Strickler '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32, ENS Robert Strickler '32, ENS John Phillips, Jr. '33, and ENS Joseph Bourland '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Arthur Vorpahl '32, ENS Robert Strickler '32, and ENS Joseph Bourland '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LTjg John Shaffer, III '30, ENS Robert Strickler '32, and ENS Joseph Bourland '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B) and ENS John Burgess '30 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS George Fuller '35 (USS Lexington), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16 (USS Lexington), LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS George Fuller '35 (USS Lexington), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Vernon Hain '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Lexington), LCDR Lyman Swenson '16 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), ENS George Fuller '35 (USS Lexington), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Webster Johnson '36 (USS Lexington).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Vernon Hain '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg William Kane '33 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Webster Johnson '36 (USS Lexington).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg Vernon Hain '31.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16 (USS Lexington), LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg William Kane '33 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 7

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Squadron (VP) 7


Class of 1932

Truman is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.