WALTER C. BAILEY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Bailey '31

Date of birth: February 27, 1909

Date of death: February 28, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

The inscription on his memorial marker in Connecticut, from Find A Grave:

Walter Clyde Bailey
Lieutenant US Navy

Born Brooklyn, N.Y. February 27, 1909
Died February 28, 1942

GUNNERY OFFICER ABOARD U.S.S. LANGLEY WHILE ON THE BRIDGE OF THE SHIP WHILE DIRECTING THE FIRE OF HER GUNS, IN AN ACTION AGAINST THE ENEMY SOUTH OF JAVA FEBRUARY 27, 1942, HE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED. HE DIED THE FOLLOWING DAY AND WAS BURIED AT SEA.

The inscription on his memorial notwithstanding, it appears he was rescued by USS Pecos (AO 6) after USS Langley (CV 1) was sunk. Pecos was then sunk by Japanese carrier-based aircraft on March 1, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by a two year old son, Christopher Avery Bailey.

Career and Biography

From the Naval Registries of the period:


Walter was promoted to Lieutenant Junior grade on June 4, 1934 and Lieutenant on July 1, 1939. His qualifications included submarine command, torpedo, and naval engineering (operations).

He met his wife Elizabeth Avery while attending the Naval Submarine School in New London, CT. They were married in 1933.


Class of 1931

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