WALTHER G. MASER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walther Maser '19

Date of birth: September 15, 1897

Date of death: February 16, 1930

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1919 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From CoC News Headlines:

February 16, 1930: Lieut. Walther G. Maser has been killed by an explosion which destroyed his plane as it was being catapulted from the U.S.S. Nevada at Guantanamo, Cuba.

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.

January 1919

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS D-3

January 1920

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS N-5

January 1921

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS St. Louis

Others at this command: ENS Joseph Hubbard '21.

January 1922

Lieutenant (j.g.), commanding officer, USS SC-338

May 1923

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Conrad Krez '16, LT William Sample '19, and LTjg Frederick Roberts '20.

September 1923

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

January 1924

Lieutenant, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LCDR Nathan Chase '12, LT Hugo Schmidt '16, LT George Cuddihy '18, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LTjg Eugene Burkett '20, and LTjg Frank Conant, II '20.

May 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LCDR Millington McComb '10, LT Hugo Schmidt '16, and LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

July 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

September 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

November 1924

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

January 1925

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

March 1925

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

May 1925

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

July 1925

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Dixie Kiefer '19.

October 1925

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: LT David Cummins '18, LT Edwin Conway '20, and LTjg Elmer Kiehl '20.

January 1926

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: LT David Cummins '18.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (Marine Barracks, Naval Academy).

October 1926

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: LCDR Archer King, Jr. '15, LT Arnold Isbell '21, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, and LTjg Edward Frawley '22.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (Marine Barracks, Naval Academy).

January 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: LCDR Archer King, Jr. '15, LT Arnold Isbell '21, LT Richard Cross, Jr. '21, and LTjg William Ault '22.

Others at or embarked at this command: 1LT Frederick Chappelle '20 (Marine Barracks, Naval Academy).

July 1928

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LCDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Langley) and LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

October 1928

Lieutenant, Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B, USS Langley

Others at or embarked at USS Langley: LCDR Frank McCord '11 (USS Langley) and LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

January 1929

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Arizona

Others at or embarked at USS Arizona: LTjg Henry Schmidt '22 (USS Arizona) and ENS Randolph Boyer '27 (USS Arizona).

April 1929

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Arizona

Others at or embarked at USS Arizona: ENS Randolph Boyer '27 (USS Arizona).

July 1929

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada

Others at or embarked at USS Nevada: LCDR Donald Godwin '11 (USS Nevada), ENS Randolph Boyer '27 (USS Nevada), ENS William Millican '28 (USS Nevada), and ENS Roderick Rooney '29 (USS Nevada).

October 1929

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada

Others at or embarked at USS Nevada: LCDR Donald Godwin '11 (USS Nevada), ENS Randolph Boyer '27 (USS Nevada), ENS William Millican '28 (USS Nevada), and ENS Roderick Rooney '29 (USS Nevada).

January 1930

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Nevada

Others at or embarked at USS Nevada: LCDR Donald Godwin '11 (USS Nevada), ENS Randolph Boyer '27 (USS Nevada), ENS William Millican '28 (USS Nevada), and ENS Roderick Rooney '29 (USS Nevada).


Class of 1919

Walther is one of 11 members of the Class of 1919 on Virtual Memorial Hall.