WILLIAM G. EATON, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Eaton '21

Date of birth: April 12, 1900

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:

Loss

William was lost when USS Astoria (CA 34) was sunk during the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, 1942. He was the ship's navigator.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a son, William Jr (USNA 1945).

Memorial Hall Error

William was promoted to Commander on July 12, 1942. Memorial Hall has LCDR.

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 1921

Ensign, USS Florida

Others at this command: ENS Paul Register '21.

January 1922

Ensign, USS Dupont

May 1923

Ensign, USS Mercy

July 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: ENS Edward Curtis, Jr. '22 and ENS William Engeman, Jr. '22.

September 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: ENS William Engeman, Jr. '22 and ENS Joyce Ralph '23.

November 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

Others at this command: ENS Edward Curtis, Jr. '22 and ENS William Engeman, Jr. '22.

January 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Hatfield

March 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Hatfield

May 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Hatfield

July 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Hatfield

September 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Hatfield

November 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

Others at this command: ENS Charles Callaway '24.

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

Others at this command: ENS Charles Callaway '24.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

Others at this command: ENS Charles Callaway '24.

January 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

Others at this command: ENS Charles Callaway '24.

October 1926

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

January 1927

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Nitro

April 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

October 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Earl Olsen '26.

January 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Earl Olsen '26.

April 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: ENS Earl Olsen '26.

July 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

October 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19.

January 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19.

April 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia

Others at this command: LT Van Moore '19.

July 1929

Lieutenant, USS Luzon

October 1929

Lieutenant, USS Luzon

January 1930

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Luzon

April 1930

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Luzon

October 1930

Lieutenant, USS Hart

Others at this command: LTjg Harold Pound '25.

January 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pope

April 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pope

July 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pope

Others at this command: LTjg Douglas Fox '26.

October 1931

Lieutenant, USS Pope

Others at this command: LTjg Douglas Fox '26.

January 1932

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

April 1932

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

October 1932

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

January 1933

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

April 1933

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

July 1933

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

October 1933

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

April 1934

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

July 1934

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

October 1934

Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

January 1935

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Lance Massey '30, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS Edward Worthington '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR William Sample '19 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Edwin Kelly '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

April 1935

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, LTjg Lance Massey '30, ENS Daniel Gothie '32, and ENS Edward Worthington '34.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR William Sample '19 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Arthur Farrell '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Victor Gaulin '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

October 1935

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, ENS George Fuller '35, ENS John Eichmann '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), and LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B).

January 1936

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT James Carney '21, ENS George Fuller '35, ENS John Eichmann '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B).

April 1936

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16, LT James Carney '21, ENS George Fuller '35, ENS John Eichmann '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B).

July 1936

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: CDR Melville Brown '10, LCDR Lyman Swenson '16, ENS George Fuller '35, ENS John Eichmann '35, ENS Richard McGowan '35, and ENS Webster Johnson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B).

January 1937

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16, ENS John Eichmann '35, ENS Richard McGowan '35, and ENS Webster Johnson '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg William Kane '33 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

April 1937

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LCDR Lyman Swenson '16, ENS John Eichmann '35, and ENS Richard McGowan '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Philip Ashworth '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 2B), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), LTjg Truman Carpenter '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 3B), and LTjg William Kane '33 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

September 1937

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: ENS John Eichmann '35 and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LT Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg Burden Hastings '33 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg George Klinsmann '33 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg William Kane '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), and LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2).

January 1938

Lieutenant, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg John Speer '32 and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LT Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg Burden Hastings '33 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg George Klinsmann '33 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LTjg William Kane '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), and LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2).

July 1938

Lieutenant, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Buffalo, New York

January 1939

Lieutenant Commander, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Buffalo, New York

October 1939

Lieutenant Commander, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Buffalo, New York

June 1940

Lieutenant Commander, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LTjg Herbert Carroll, Jr. '34 and ENS John Isham '38.

November 1940

Lieutenant Commander, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LTjg Herbert Carroll, Jr. '34 and ENS John Isham '38.

April 1941

Lieutenant Commander, USS Astoria

Others at this command: LTjg Herbert Carroll, Jr. '34, ENS John Isham '38, and ENS Donald Midgley '41.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Allan Edmands '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6).


Class of 1921

William is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.