From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Snow, Jr. '90

Date of birth: January 20, 1870

Date of death: April 12, 1894

Age: 24

Naval Academy Register

William Alanson Snow was admitted to the Naval Academy from Massachusetts on September 4, 1886.

Naval Academy Photo Album


William died of "heart failure" aboard the cruiser Charleston while she was in Montevideo, Uruguay. His death occurred on April 12, 1894. (Information from death notice located by Kathy Franz.)

He was survived by his parents and a brother (Sydney Bruce Snow), and is buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester, Massachusetts. William's father was also named William Alanson Snow.

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 1891

Naval Cadet, Pensacola

Others at this command:

January 1892

Naval Cadet, San Francisco

Others at this command:

Others at or embarked at this command:

CDR Henry Nichols '65 (Board of Inspection and Survey, San Francisco)

January 1893

Ensign, Atlanta

Class of 1890

William is one of 2 members of the Class of 1890 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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