EARL W. CASSIDY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Earl Cassidy '37

Date of birth: August 16, 1914

Date of death: February 11, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Earl was lost when USS Shark (SS 174) was sunk, possibly on February 11, 1942, by a Japanese destroyer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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 1938

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, CAPT Francis Williams '30, ENS Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36, ENS Walter Bayless '36, ENS Green Goodloe '37, ENS Hugh Rimmer '37, and ENS John King '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS George Philip, Jr. '35 (Battle Force).

July 1938

Ensign, USS California

Others at this command: LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27, LTjg Dewitt Harrell '35, ENS Green Goodloe '37, ENS Hugh Rimmer '37, ENS John King '37, ENS Donald Hamilton, Jr. '38, and ENS West Payne '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Battle Force), ENS George Philip, Jr. '35 (Battle Force), and ENS Arthur Gustafson '36 (Battle Force).

January 1939

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LCDR William Haynsworth, Jr. '23 and ENS David Nickerson '38.

October 1939

Ensign, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: LT Adolph Hede '25.

June 1940

Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

Others at this command: CDR Cassin Young '16, LT George MacKenzie, Jr. '31, ENS Greer Duncan, Jr. '37, ENS John Miller '37, ENS Harry Woodworth '38, and ENS Roger Starks '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Robert Robertson '34 (Submarine Squadron 2, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut).

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Shark

Others at this command: LTjg Edwin Denby, Jr. '35 and LTjg Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35.

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Shark

Others at this command: LTjg Edwin Denby, Jr. '35 and LTjg Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35.


Class of 1937

Earl is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.