WILLIAM J. SISKO, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Sisko '31

Date of birth: August 11, 1907

Date of death: August 19, 1941

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Loss

William was lost when the plane he was piloting crashed into another in mid-air near Pensacola, Florida on August 20, 1941. Four other men were also lost. He was an instructor.

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.

July 1931

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Frank Highley, Jr. '30, ENS John Bisson '30, ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31, and ENS Ward Bronson '31.

October 1931

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Frank Highley, Jr. '30, ENS John Bisson '30, ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31, and ENS Ward Bronson '31.

January 1932

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Frank Highley, Jr. '30, ENS Augustus Alston, Jr. '31, and ENS Ward Bronson '31.

April 1932

Ensign, USS Texas

October 1932

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

January 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

April 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS George Hutchinson '32, and ENS William Widhelm '32.

July 1933

Ensign, USS Texas

Others at this command: LT William France '24, ENS Ralph Elden '31, ENS Edgar Chase '32, ENS Fred Connaway '32, ENS William Widhelm '32, and ENS Francis Brown '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22 and ENS James Kyes '30.

July 1934

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Samuel Arthur '20, LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg James Kyes '30, 2LT Robert Brown '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT LaRue Lawbaugh '20 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

October 1934

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Samuel Arthur '20, LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg James Kyes '30, 2LT Robert Brown '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B).

January 1935

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Samuel Arthur '20, LT Robert Bedilion '22, LTjg James Kyes '30, 1LT Robert Brown '31, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg John Burgess '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), and LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

April 1935

Ensign, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15, LT Samuel Arthur '20, LT Robert Bedilion '22, and ENS Earle Schneider '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Clair Miller '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Pennewill '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), and LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22, ENS Earle Schneider '33, and ENS Milton Ricketts '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), and LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Robert Bedilion '22, ENS Earle Schneider '33, and ENS Milton Ricketts '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B), LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LT Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B), and ENS William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 5B, USS Marblehead

Others at this command: LTjg Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31.

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 2, USS Marblehead

Others at or embarked at USS Marblehead: ENS Alexander Groves, II '37 (USS Marblehead) and ENS Greer Duncan, Jr. '37 (USS Marblehead).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 2, USS Marblehead

Others at or embarked at USS Marblehead: ENS Alexander Groves, II '37 (USS Marblehead) and ENS Greer Duncan, Jr. '37 (USS Marblehead).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 2, USS Marblehead

Others at or embarked at USS Marblehead: ENS Alexander Groves, II '37 (USS Marblehead) and ENS Greer Duncan, Jr. '37 (USS Marblehead).

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 2, USS Marblehead

Others at or embarked at USS Marblehead: ENS Alexander Groves, II '37 (USS Marblehead) and ENS Greer Duncan, Jr. '37 (USS Marblehead).

October 1939

Lieutenant, Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 2, USS Marblehead

Others at or embarked at USS Marblehead: LT Raymond Mayo '30 (USS Marblehead) and ENS Alexander Groves, II '37 (USS Marblehead).

June 1940

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg George Nicol '34.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga), LT Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), ENS Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), ENS Keene Hammond '38 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).

November 1940

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 3, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Harold Shrider '37.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR William Hank '25 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Jack Ferguson '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Howard Nester, Jr. '37 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Macdonald Thompson '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), LTjg Patrick Hart '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), and ENS Norman White '39 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1931

William is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.