WILLIAM S. ARTHUR, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Arthur '29

Date of birth: February 21, 1907

Date of death: December 12, 1933

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Naval History and Heritage Command:

F11C-2 from VF-1B on board USS Saratoga (CV-3) crashed three miles west of La Jolla, Calif., killing Lt. (jg) William S. Arthur. 12 December 1933.

He was survived by his parents and has a memory marker in North Dakota.

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 1929

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LT Paul Register '21 and LTjg Fremont Wright '25.

October 1929

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LT Paul Register '21.

January 1930

Ensign, USS Maryland

Others at this command: LT Paul Register '21.

July 1931

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

October 1931

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

January 1932

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

April 1932

Ensign, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Edwin Conway '20 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Mathias Wyatt '29 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT William Sample '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Cleon Felton '31 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS George Stone '31 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Murphy '31 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga).

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LCDR William Sample '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), 2LT Ernest Pollock '28 (Scouting Squadron 14-M), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), LTjg James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Cleon Felton '31 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS George Stone '31 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga), ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1929

William is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.