EUGENE E. ELMORE, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Eugene Elmore '22

Date of birth: June 30, 1900

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:

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EUGENE EVANS ELMORE

Anderson, South Carolina

"Gene," "Doc," "Southern."

"SURE, I'll drag. I certainly do enjoy the company of a nice girl."—Can you believe your ears? "Snake" Elmore, newly arrived.

Three years away from home made a great change in "Gene." He still talks incorrigibly Southern. He still retains the dignity, generosity, and self-control which are his chief characteristics. But, thanks to Navy influence, his lack of bad habits has been supplied, and when in New York he knows how to celebrate a Navy Victory.

Literature is his forte. His letters home read like Bacon's essays. He likes fresh air and long walks for exercise; but above all he likes to eat, and when you're hungry he'll bust out a box he got from home, or from town, with a "Want some chow?"

Sub Squad (4, 3, 2).

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EUGENE EVANS ELMORE

Anderson, South Carolina

"Gene," "Doc," "Southern."

"SURE, I'll drag. I certainly do enjoy the company of a nice girl."—Can you believe your ears? "Snake" Elmore, newly arrived.

Three years away from home made a great change in "Gene." He still talks incorrigibly Southern. He still retains the dignity, generosity, and self-control which are his chief characteristics. But, thanks to Navy influence, his lack of bad habits has been supplied, and when in New York he knows how to celebrate a Navy Victory.

Literature is his forte. His letters home read like Bacon's essays. He likes fresh air and long walks for exercise; but above all he likes to eat, and when you're hungry he'll bust out a box he got from home, or from town, with a "Want some chow?"

Sub Squad (4, 3, 2).

Loss

Eugene was lost when USS Quincy (CA 39) was sunk early in the morning of August 9, 1942 by Japanese surface forces at the Battle of Savo Island. He reported aboard in October 1940.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by a son, who was old enough to serve during World War II. Eugene has a memory marker in Georgia and another at the Annapolis National Cemetery.

Namesake

USS Eugene E. Elmore (DE 686) was named for Eugene; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Related Articles

Raymond Hansen '22 was Eugene's roommate; he too was lost in the Battle of Savo Island (while serving aboard USS Vincennes (CA 44). Information from Raymond A. Hansen, Jr. '61 via email on November 6, 2018.

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.

May 1923
Ensign, USS Florida

July 1923
Ensign, USS Breck
September 1923
Ensign, USS Breck
November 1923
Ensign, USS Breck
January 1924
Ensign, course instrn, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

March 1924
Ensign, course instrn, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

May 1924
Ensign, course instrn, Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, Rhode Island

July 1924
Ensign, USS Charles Ausburn

Others at this command:
September 1924
Ensign, USS Charles Ausburn
November 1924
Ensign, USS Charles Ausburn
January 1925
Ensign, USS Charles Ausburn
March 1925
Ensign, USS Charles Ausburn
May 1925
Ensign, USS Charles Ausburn
July 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
October 1925
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
January 1926
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
October 1926
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
January 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
April 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
October 1927
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
January 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
April 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
July 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
October 1928
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
January 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
April 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit
July 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
October 1929
Lieutenant (j.g.), ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
January 1930
Lieutenant (j.g.), ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
April 1930
Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
October 1930
Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
January 1931
Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
April 1931
Lieutenant, ROTC instructor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
July 1931
Lieutenant, USS Taylor
October 1931
Lieutenant, USS Taylor
January 1932
Lieutenant, USS Taylor
April 1932
Lieutenant, USS Taylor
October 1932
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Taylor
January 1933
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Taylor
April 1933
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Taylor
July 1933
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Taylor

Others at this command:
October 1933
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Taylor

Others at this command:
April 1934
Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Taylor
July 1936
Lieutenant, USS Dobbin
January 1937
Lieutenant, USS Dobbin

Others at this command:
April 1937
Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, USS Dobbin

Others at this command:
September 1937
Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, USS Dobbin
January 1938
Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant, USS Dobbin
July 1938
Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, USS Dobbin

Others at this command:
January 1939
Lieutenant Commander, engineering officer, USS Dobbin

Others at this command:
October 1939
Lieutenant Commander, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Macon, Georgia
June 1940
Lieutenant Commander, officer in charge, Navy Recruiting Station Macon, Georgia


Class of 1922

Eugene is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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