WILLIAM H. BEYRER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Beyrer '22

Date of birth: May 6, 1898

Date of death: November 8, 1925

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:


Loss

William was lost on November 8, 1925, when he was fatally injured in the crash of the plane he was piloting at Catmuera, Cuba. His passenger survived.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3158 on August 15, 1924.

He was survived by his parents and a sister; he is buried in Nebraska.

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.

May 1923

Ensign, USS Yarborough

July 1923

Ensign, USS Yarborough

September 1923

Ensign, USS Yarborough

November 1923

Ensign, USS Yarborough

May 1924

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, LTjg Frederick Kahn '21, ENS Harlow Pino '21, and LTjg Kilburn Roby '21.

July 1924

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: CAPT Arthur Page, Jr. '18, LTjg Frederick Buse '20, LTjg Samuel Arthur '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, LTjg Frederick Kahn '21, and LTjg Kilburn Roby '21.

November 1924

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: ENS Arthur Page, Jr. '18, ENS James Carney '21, LTjg John Burrow '21, ENS John Lenhart '21, LTjg William Gray '21, ENS Eaton Boothe '22, and ENS William Ault '22.

January 1925

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, USS Wright

March 1925

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, USS Wright

Others at or embarked at USS Wright: CDR John Rodgers '03 (USS Wright).

May 1925

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, USS Wright

Others at or embarked at USS Wright: CDR John Rodgers '03 (USS Wright).

July 1925

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, USS Wright

Others at this command: CDR Theodore Ellyson '05, LTjg John Lenhart '21, and LTjg William Ault '22.

October 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Fleet, USS Wright


Class of 1922

William is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.