JOSEPH H. SEVERYNS, JR., LT, USN

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Joseph Severyns, Jr. '20

Date of birth: July 19, 1896

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Joseph was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933.

From Find A Grave:

Joseph Hubert Severyns was the son of Joseph Hubert Severyns and Mary Francois DeWitte. On November 25, 1921 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Joseph married Marjorie Kohlman.

LT Severyns was a guest aboard the USS Akron when it went down over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. His body was lost at sea.

He was designated naval aviator #3650 in 1930.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:


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 1920

Ensign, USS Virginia

January 1921

Ensign, USS Breck

January 1922

Ensign, USS Lardner

May 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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July 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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September 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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November 1923

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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January 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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March 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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May 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble


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July 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Preble

September 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Truxtun

November 1924

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Truxtun

January 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Truxtun

March 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), executive officer, USS Truxtun

May 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), executive officer, USS Truxtun

July 1925

Lieutenant (j.g.), tempo, Receiving Ship, San Francisco


Others at this command:

October 1925

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington

January 1926

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington

October 1926

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington

January 1927

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington

April 1927

Lieutenant, Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Washington

October 1927

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase


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January 1928

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase


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April 1928

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase


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July 1928

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase


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October 1928

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase


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January 1929

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase


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April 1929

Lieutenant, executive officer, USS Chase

October 1931

Lieutenant, under instruction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts


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January 1932

Lieutenant, under instruction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts


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April 1932

Lieutenant, under instruction, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts


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January 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


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Others at or embarked at this command:

CDR Fred Berry '08 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron)
1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Barracks)

April 1933

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

CDR Fred Berry '08 (Rigid Airship Training and Experimental Squadron)
1LT Ralph Forsyth '22 (Marine Barracks)


Class of 1920

Joseph is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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