CLIFFORD T. JANZ, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clifford Janz '31

Date of birth: February 19, 1910

Date of death: December 7, 1941

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Cliff was lost in USS Arizona (BB 39) during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

From Santa Cruz People:

Lt. C.T. Janz was sending everyone in the vicinity to shelter below the armored deck. I went down with Lt. Janz and about forty enlisted men. Before we could close the hatch there were three violent blasts with flame and powder fumes entering the compartment. I then told all personnel in the vicinity to get out and go topside to avoid the gas. About twenty (20) enlisted personnel and myself went topside. I saw the entire ship forward of #3 turret to be a raging fire. Ensign D. Hein, USN

Cliff's wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his two-month-old son, and his mother and father.

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 Richmond

October 1931

Ensign, USS Richmond

January 1932

Ensign, USS Richmond

April 1932

Ensign, USS Richmond

October 1932

Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Augusta


Others at or embarked at USS Augusta:

January 1933

Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Augusta


Others at or embarked at USS Augusta:

April 1933

Ensign, staff, Scouting Force, USS Augusta


Others at or embarked at USS Augusta:

July 1933

Ensign, USS Dickerson


Others at this command:

October 1933

Ensign, USS Dickerson


Others at this command:

April 1934

Ensign, USS Dickerson


Others at this command:

July 1934

Ensign, USS Dickerson

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou


Others at this command:

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Bernadou

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tillman


Others at this command:

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tillman


Others at this command:

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tillman

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tillman

October 1939

Lieutenant, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT John Shaffer, III '30 (Battleship Division 1)

June 1940

Lieutenant, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT John Shaffer, III '30 (Battleship Division 1)

November 1940

Lieutenant, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT John Shaffer, III '30 (Battleship Division 1)


Class of 1931

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

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