LOREN A. MORRIS, LCDR, USN

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Loren Morris '27

Date of birth: January 30, 1904

Date of death: April 12, 1942

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Loren was lost on April 12, 1942 when the PBY-5 Catalina he was flying crashed into a mountain near Alameda, California. He had been commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 84 since October 1, 1941; the squadron was departing for a homeport shift to Norfolk. Another aircraft from his squadron also crashed in this incident. In all, 13 officers and men were lost; only one enlisted man survived.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3560 on November 30, 1929.

Loren is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife.

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Frank Fernald '33 was piloting the other Catalina; Edward Denney '35 was that aircraft's co-pilot.

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 1928

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Paul Thompson '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B)

April 1928

Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Paul Thompson '19 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 1B)

July 1928

Ensign, USS MacDonough

October 1928

Ensign, USS Corry

January 1929

Ensign, USS Corry

January 1930

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B)
LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B)
ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga)

April 1930

Ensign, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7B

October 1930

Ensign, Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7B

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7B

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7B

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7F

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7F

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7F

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 7F

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Robert Patten '30 (Aircraft Squadrons)
ENS James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Eugene Lytle, Jr. '31 (Aircraft Squadrons)
ENS James Kelsey, Jr. '31 (Aircraft Squadrons)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Robert Patten '30 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Edward Blessman '31 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Robert Fair '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT John Jones '21 (USS Saratoga)
LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Bruce Van Voorhis '29 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Charles Palmer, Sr. '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
ENS Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Bertram Prueher '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Paul Burton '33 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B, USS Saratoga


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga:

CDR Walter Webster '11 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Arnold Isbell '21 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LT Charles McDonald '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LT Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Harold Richards '27 (Aircraft Squadrons)
LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
LTjg Leonard Southerland '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Ford Wallace '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg James Murphy '31 (Torpedo Plane Squadron (VT) 2B)
LTjg Thomas Ashworth, Jr. '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B)
LTjg Albert Gates, Jr. '32 (USS Saratoga)
LTjg Edwin Hurst '32 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B)
ENS Wendell Froling '34 (USS Saratoga)
ENS Maurice Fitzgerald '35 (USS Saratoga)

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Mississippi


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Mississippi:

LTjg Arthur Loeser '27 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Manning Kimmel '35 (USS Mississippi)
ENS George Philip, Jr. '35 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Robert Bonin '36 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Ralph Embree '36 (USS Mississippi)

January 1937

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Mississippi


Others at or embarked at USS Mississippi:

LT Arthur Loeser '27 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Manning Kimmel '35 (USS Mississippi)
ENS George Philip, Jr. '35 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Robert Bonin '36 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Ralph Embree '36 (USS Mississippi)

April 1937

Lieutenant, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B, USS Mississippi


Others at or embarked at USS Mississippi:

LT Arthur Loeser '27 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Manning Kimmel '35 (USS Mississippi)
ENS George Philip, Jr. '35 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Robert Bonin '36 (USS Mississippi)
ENS Ralph Embree '36 (USS Mississippi)

September 1937

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 2, Coco Solo, Canal Zone


Others at this command:

January 1938

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 2, Coco Solo, Canal Zone


Others at this command:

July 1938

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 2, Coco Solo, Canal Zone


Others at this command:

January 1939

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 2, Coco Solo, Canal Zone


Others at this command:

October 1939

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 54, Norfolk, Virginia


Others at this command:

June 1940

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 54, Norfolk, Virginia


Others at this command:

November 1940

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 54, Norfolk, Virginia


Others at this command:

April 1941

Lieutenant, Patrol Squadron (VP) 54, Norfolk, Virginia


Others at this command:


Class of 1927

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