WALTER C. BAILEY, LT, USN
Walter Bailey '31
Date of birth: February 27, 1909
Date of death: February 28, 1942
From the 1931 Lucky Bag:
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.
Career and Biography
From the Naval Registries of the period:
- USS Lexington CV-2 1931-1933
- USS S-33 1934-1936
- USS R-10 1937
- USNA Postgraduate school 1938-1939
- USS Twiggs DD-127 1940
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.