VERNON R. HAIN, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Vernon Hain '31

Date of birth: October 12, 1907

Date of death: November 23, 1937

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Vernon was lost on November 23, 1937 when his plane crashed at Ocatilla Airport, California.

He has a memory marker in Ohio; he is buried in California. He was survived by his parents and three brothers.

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 1931

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Joshua Nix '30, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, and ENS William Freshour '31.

January 1932

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, and ENS William Freshour '31.

April 1932

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, and ENS William Freshour '31.

October 1932

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, and ENS Milton Pavlic '32.

January 1933

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, and ENS Milton Pavlic '32.

April 1933

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, and ENS Milton Pavlic '32.

July 1933

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Burton Doggett '24, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, and ENS Millard Klein '31.

October 1933

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LTjg Burton Doggett '24, LTjg Lynne Quiggle '30, ENS Millard Klein '31, and ENS William Kane '33.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at this command: LT Robert Larson '24.

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LT Robert Larson '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 5B) and LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 6B, USS Milwaukee

Others at or embarked at USS Milwaukee: LT Robert Larson '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 5B) and LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Milwaukee).

July 1936

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

Others at this command: LTjg Truman Carpenter '32.

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 Truman Carpenter '32.

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 Truman Carpenter '32.

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.), Bombing Squadron (VB) 4, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 41), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).


Class of 1931

Vernon is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.