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Edmundo Gandia '38

Date of birth: August 5, 1914

Date of death: March 2, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Edmundo was lost when USS Pillsbury (DD 227) was sunk by a superior Japanese surface force in a night action on March 2, 1942, 200 miles east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


On April 18, 2013:

In a brief ceremony, members of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard Honor Guard, raised the American flag at the steps of the Capitol building in San Juan to honor U.S. Navy World War II Lt. j.g. Edmundo Gandia. Gandia became missing in action after the sinking of the USS Pillsbury March 2, 1942, south of the Pacific island of Java.

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 1938

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command:

January 1939

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command:

October 1939

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command:

June 1940

Ensign, USS Trenton

Others at this command:

November 1940

Ensign, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command:

April 1941

Ensign, for assignment, Asiatic Fleet, USS Houston

Others at or embarked at USS Houston:

Class of 1938

Edmundo is one of 72 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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