WILLIAM F. CALLAWAY, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Callaway '11

Date of birth: November 7, 1889

Date of death: December 17, 1927

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1911 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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William (on left) while in command of submarine USS G-4, 1917.

William was lost on December 17, 1927 when USS S-4 (SS 109) sank immediately following a collision with USCG Paulding (CG 17) near Cape Code, Massachusetts. He was aboard as an observer of the Bureau of Construction and Repair.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Hall Error

William's headstone has his rank as LCDR; Memorial Hall has CDR. Unable to find evidence of a posthumous promotion. He is listed in the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1927 — and the 1928 edition, which also has his death date — as a LCDR.

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Roy Jones '16, Joseph McGinley '21, Graham Fitch '23, and Donald Weller '23 were also lost when S-4 sank.

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 1912

Midshipman, Ohio

January 1913

Ensign, Ohio

Others at this command: ENS Thalbert Alford '09.

January 1914

Ensign, Ohio

Others at this command: ENS Thalbert Alford '09.

January 1915

Ensign, USS Leonidas

Others at this command: LT Robert Cabaniss '06.

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ozark

January 1917

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS G-4

March 1918

Lieutenant, USS R-19

January 1919

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS R-19

January 1920

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, USS R-19

January 1921

Lieutenant Commander, inspection duty, Bureau of Engineering

Others at this command: LCDR Grattan Dichman '07.

January 1922

Lieutenant Commander, Naval Inspr. Mach. Busch Sulzer Co., St. Louis

May 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Submarine Division 12, USS RainbowUSS Rainbow

July 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Submarine Division 12, USS RainbowUSS Rainbow

September 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Submarine Division 12, USS RainbowUSS Rainbow

November 1923

Lieutenant Commander, Submarine Division 12, USS Rainbow

Others at this command: LT Morris Spriggs '15 and LTjg Paul Register '21USS Rainbow.

January 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Submarine Division 12, USS Rainbow

Others at this command: LT Morris Spriggs '15 and LTjg Paul Register '21USS Rainbow.

March 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Submarine Division 12, USS Rainbow

Others at this command: LTjg Joseph McGinley '21USS Rainbow.

May 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

July 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

September 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

November 1924

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

January 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

March 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

May 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officerUSS Rainbow, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18, USS Rainbow

July 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18

October 1925

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18

January 1926

Lieutenant Commander, commanding officer, Submarine Divisions 12 & 18

October 1926

Lieutenant Commander, Board of Inspection and Survey

January 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Board of Inspection and Survey

April 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Board of Inspection and Survey

October 1927

Lieutenant Commander, Board of Inspection and Survey


Class of 1911

William is one of 15 members of the Class of 1911 on Virtual Memorial Hall.