WARREN F. GRAF, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Warren Graf '27

Date of birth: June 8, 1905

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Warren was lost when USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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 1928

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Ralph Smith '26, ENS Cyrus Clendening '27, and ENS Wendell Osborn '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Herbert Ballinger '24 (Observation Squadron (VO) 2B).

April 1928

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Ralph Smith '26, ENS Cyrus Clendening '27, and ENS Wendell Osborn '27.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Herbert Ballinger '24 (Observation Squadron (VO) 2B).

July 1928

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas) and ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas).

October 1928

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28 (USS Texas).

January 1929

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28 (USS Texas).

April 1929

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), and ENS William Pye, Jr. '28 (USS Texas).

July 1929

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), ENS William Pye, Jr. '28 (USS Texas), ENS Edwin Martin '29 (USS Texas), and ENS John Collett '29 (USS Texas).

October 1929

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Paul Thompson '19 (USS Texas), LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), ENS Edwin Martin '29 (USS Texas), and ENS John Collett '29 (USS Texas).

January 1930

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Paul Thompson '19 (USS Texas), LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), ENS Edwin Martin '29 (USS Texas), and ENS John Collett '29 (USS Texas).

April 1930

Ensign, staff, United States Fleet, USS Texas

Others at or embarked at USS Texas: LT Paul Thompson '19 (USS Texas), LT Irving Wiltsie '21 (USS Texas), ENS Joseph Flynn '27 (USS Texas), and ENS John Collett '29 (USS Texas).

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Charles Hart '30, ENS Dudley Morton '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS John Craig '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS Charles Hart '30, ENS Dudley Morton '30, ENS James Kyes '30, ENS James Clarkson '30, and ENS John Craig '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Saratoga

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LT Dixie Kiefer '19, LT Van Moore '19, ENS Jacob Britt '29, ENS James Kyes '30, and ENS James Clarkson '30.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B).

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Talbot

Others at this command: CDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09 and LTjg Francis Black '26.

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Talbot

Others at this command: CDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09 and LTjg Francis Black '26.

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Talbot

Others at this command: CDR Franklin Van Valkenburgh '09 and LTjg Francis Black '26.

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Talbot

Others at this command: LTjg Francis Black '26.

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Talbot

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Talbot

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Buchanan

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Buchanan

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Buchanan

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Buchanan

Others at this command: LCDR Theodore Chandler '15.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LCDR Mark Crouter '20, LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22, and LT Henry Batterton '23.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Elmer Kiehl '20 (Naval Gun Factory), LT William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), and LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station).

January 1937

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Elmer Kiehl '20 (Naval Gun Factory), LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Experimental Diving Unit), LT William France '24 (Naval Gun Factory), and LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station).

April 1937

Lieutenant, under instruction, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT Henry Batterton '23 and LT William France '24.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.: LCDR Elmer Kiehl '20 (Naval Gun Factory), LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Experimental Diving Unit), and LT Julian Jordan '25 (Receiving Station).

September 1937

Lieutenant, for assignment, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS Black Hawk

Others at this command: ENS Joel Davis, Jr. '35.

January 1938

Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS Black Hawk

July 1938

Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS Black Hawk

January 1939

Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS Black Hawk

October 1939

Lieutenant, staff, Destroyer Squadron 5, USS Black Hawk

Others at or embarked at USS Black Hawk: LT Joshua Nix '30 (USS Black Hawk).

June 1940

Lieutenant, Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CAPT Mervyn Bennion '10.

November 1940

Lieutenant, Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CAPT Mervyn Bennion '10.

April 1941

Lieutenant, Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: CAPT Mervyn Bennion '10.


Class of 1927

Warren is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.