WALTER C. DEY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Dey '24

Date of birth: July 16, 1901

Date of death: August 23, 1937

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Walter was lost when the seaplane he was aboard crashed into San Diego Bay on August 23, 1937.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3624 on March 20, 1930.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

His wife was Caroline, and his sons were Walter Jr and James. Son Walter was born in California in 1927, and James in Washington, D.C., in 1929. In 1930 the family lived in Palmetto Beach, Florida; in 1935, San Diego, and in 1940, his widow and children lived near other naval officers in Coronado, California.

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William Freshour '31 and Ford Wallace '31 were also lost in this crash.

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 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi


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September 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi


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November 1924

Ensign, USS Mississippi


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January 1925

Ensign, USS Mississippi


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March 1925

Ensign, USS Mississippi


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May 1925

Ensign, USS McCawley

July 1925

Ensign, USS McCawley

October 1925

Ensign, USS McCawley

January 1926

Ensign, USS McCawley

October 1926

Ensign, USS Nokomis

January 1927

Ensign, USS Nokomis

April 1927

Ensign, USS Nokomis

October 1927

Ensign, USS Nokomis


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January 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nokomis


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April 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nokomis


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July 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nokomis


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October 1928

Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Department, Washington, D.C.


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January 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Department, Washington, D.C.


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April 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), Navy Department, Washington, D.C.


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October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B, USS Colorado


Others at or embarked at USS Colorado:

LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Colorado)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Colorado)
ENS Oliver White '30 (USS Colorado)

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B, USS Colorado


Others at or embarked at USS Colorado:

LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Colorado)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Colorado)
ENS Oliver White '30 (USS Colorado)

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 5B, USS Colorado


Others at or embarked at USS Colorado:

LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Colorado)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Colorado)
ENS Oliver White '30 (USS Colorado)

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Colorado


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October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Colorado


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January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Colorado


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April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS Colorado


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LTjg Andrew Harris '25 (USS Colorado)
ENS John Huntley '31 (USS Colorado)

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California


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2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force)

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California


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2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force)

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California


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Others at or embarked at this command:

2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Aircraft Squadrons West Coast Expeditionary Force)
2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force)

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California


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2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force)

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California


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Others at or embarked at this command:

1LT Lofton Henderson '26 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force)
2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Squadrons, West Coast Expeditionary Force)

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Naval Air Station San Diego, California


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1LT Lofton Henderson '26 (Aircraft Two, Fleet Marine Force)
2LT Paul Moret '30 (Aircraft Two, Fleet Marine Force)

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington


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Others at or embarked at USS Lexington:

LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington)
LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington)
LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington)
ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington)
ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington)

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington


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Others at or embarked at USS Lexington:

LCDR Ryland Tisdale '15 (USS Lexington)
LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington)
LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington)
ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington)
ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington)

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington


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Others at or embarked at USS Lexington:

LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington)
LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington)
LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington)
ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington)
ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington)

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington


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Others at or embarked at USS Lexington:

LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington)
LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington)
LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Lance Massey '30 (USS Lexington)
LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
ENS Daniel Gothie '32 (USS Lexington)
ENS Edward Worthington '34 (USS Lexington)

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Lexington


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Others at or embarked at USS Lexington:

LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington)
LT James Carney '21 (USS Lexington)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B)
ENS George Fuller '35 (USS Lexington)
ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington)
ENS Richard McGowan '35 (USS Lexington)

January 1936

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger


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Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)

April 1936

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B, USS Ranger


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Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)

July 1936

Lieutenant, USS Langley


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Stephen Cooke '21 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B)
LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B)
LTjg J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B)
LTjg Clarence Kasparek '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 4B)
LTjg William Thorn '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B)

January 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 11F


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April 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 11F


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Class of 1924

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