EDWIN DENBY, JR., LT, USN

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Edwin Denby, Jr. '35

Date of birth: May 31, 1912

Date of death: February 11, 1942

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

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EDWIN DENBY, JR.

Detroit, Michigan

"Ned"

A DENSE cloud of smoke and a magazine with a picture of a train on it! Blow the smoke away and you will find Ned at his favorite pastime, smoking a pipe and reading Railroad Stories. Every man that smokes a pipe loves the outdoors. Get Ned to tell you of his auto excursions into the wilds of Michigan. A trip to China gave Ned his first taste of the sea, and he liked it so well he deserted the wilds for the Academy. Here, a lot of hard work on the Trident and the stage gang has taken much of his time. An enviable personality and the desire to do things have gained him many friends and much success.

Stage Gang 4, 3, 2, 1. Stage Manager 1. Trident Society 3, 2, 1. President 1. 2 Stripes.

1935 Denby LB.jpg

EDWIN DENBY, JR.

Detroit, Michigan

"Ned"

A DENSE cloud of smoke and a magazine with a picture of a train on it! Blow the smoke away and you will find Ned at his favorite pastime, smoking a pipe and reading Railroad Stories. Every man that smokes a pipe loves the outdoors. Get Ned to tell you of his auto excursions into the wilds of Michigan. A trip to China gave Ned his first taste of the sea, and he liked it so well he deserted the wilds for the Academy. Here, a lot of hard work on the Trident and the stage gang has taken much of his time. An enviable personality and the desire to do things have gained him many friends and much success.

Stage Gang 4, 3, 2, 1. Stage Manager 1. Trident Society 3, 2, 1. President 1. 2 Stripes.

Loss

Edwin 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; his father was the Secretary of the Navy under President Harding from 1921 to 1923 but had died several years before the beginning of the war.

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.

October 1935
Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09 and LT George Brooke '21

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Aviation Unit)
January 1936
Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09 and LT George Brooke '21

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Aviation Unit)
April 1936
Ensign, USS Oklahoma

Others at this command: CDR Joseph Murphy '09 and LT George Brooke '21
July 1936
Ensign, USS Oklahoma

January 1937
Ensign, USS Oklahoma

April 1937
Ensign, USS Oklahoma

September 1937
Ensign, under instruction, Submarine Base New London, Connecticut

January 1938
Ensign, USS R-13

Others at this command: LT Mannert Abele '26
July 1938
Ensign, USS R-13

Others at this command: LT Mannert Abele '26
January 1939
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sculpin
October 1939
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Sculpin
June 1940
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Shark

Others at this command: LTjg Roscoe Dillen, Jr. '35
November 1940
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Shark

April 1941
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Shark


Class of 1935

Edwin is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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