LORENZ Q. FORBES, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lorenz Forbes '31

Date of birth: November 4, 1909

Date of death: February 13, 1937

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

1931 Forbes 1.jpg

From Find A Grave:

13 February 1937: Deceased was piloting USN plane to Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif., from Yuma, Arizona, on a duly authorized airplane flight completing a transcontinental trip from Norfolk, Va. He encountered extremely adverse weather in crossing Laguna Mts. and crashed near Laguna Lakes, Calif. Plane was a total wreck. Body in terribly mangled condition: FORBES, Lorenz Quenter, Lieutenant, U.S.N.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #4063 on October 24, 1934. He was survived by his wife, whom he had married six months before his loss. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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 1931

Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

January 1932

Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

April 1932

Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

October 1932

Ensign, USS Arizona


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)

January 1933

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 3, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at USS Arizona:

LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (USS Arizona)
ENS Robert Vandling '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS Nathaniel Dial '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS John Moore '32 (USS Arizona)

April 1933

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 3, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at USS Arizona:

LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (USS Arizona)
ENS Robert Vandling '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS Nathaniel Dial '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS John Moore '32 (USS Arizona)

July 1933

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 3, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at USS Arizona:

LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Baylies Clark '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (USS Arizona)
ENS Robert Vandling '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS Nathaniel Dial '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS John Moore '32 (USS Arizona)

October 1933

Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 3, USS Arizona


Others at or embarked at USS Arizona:

LT James Craig '22 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B)
ENS Robert Coates '30 (USS Arizona)
ENS Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (USS Arizona)
ENS Robert Vandling '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS Nathaniel Dial '32 (USS Arizona)
ENS John Moore '32 (USS Arizona)

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger)
LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger)
LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Oscar Pate, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Robert Haven '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg James Kyes '30 (USS Ranger)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
1LT Robert Brown '31 (USS Ranger)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LCDR Francis Maile, Jr. '15 (USS Ranger)
LT Samuel Arthur '20 (USS Ranger)
LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Gilbert Carpenter '30 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
ENS William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg William Sisko '31 (USS Ranger)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
ENS William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Walter Dey '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LT James McDonough '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LT Hallsted Hopping '24 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Baylies Clark '30 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg William Freshour '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 5B)
LTjg Alden Irons '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)
ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger)

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B, USS Ranger


Others at or embarked at USS Ranger:

LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger)
LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B)
LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Finley Hall '29 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B)
LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B)
LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B)
LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger)
ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger)
ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger)


Class of 1931

Lorenz is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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