HENRY W. HOYT, LT, USN
Henry Hoyt '14
Date of birth: May 26, 1890
Date of death: August 24, 1921
From the 1914 Lucky Bag:
He is buried in Florida.
From Home of Heroes:
The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Henry W. Hoyt, U.S. Navy, for heroism and devotion to duty in the line of his profession, while serving on the U.S.S. Huntington, when that vessel arrived in the war zone on September 17, 1917, he went up as observer in a captive balloon, known to be of an unsatisfactory type, and notwithstanding the danger, remained in the balloon during rain squalls followed by a stiff breeze, which caused the balloon to descend and deflate, rendering it unstable. The balloon was reeled in, but rolled about and pitched violently, injuring the observer, and finally the basket dragged under water. Lieutenant Hoyt was finally rescued from his desperate position by an enlisted man who went overboard from the ship.
Hoyt, Henry W.
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Balloon Observer, U.S.S. Huntington
Date Of Action: September 17, 1917
More information on this event is available in November 1918 issue of "Flying".
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.
Ensign, USS Nebraska
Others at this command: ENS Melville Brown '10
Ensign, USS Nebraska
Ensign, Naval Aeronatic Station, Pensacola, Florida
Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Rockaway, New York
Lieutenant, USS B-3
Lieutenant, USS Aroostook
Lieutenant, USS R-38