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Robert Farrar '15

Date of birth: September 22, 1894

Date of death: March 7, 1923

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1915 Lucky Bag:


From the 1915 Lucky Bag

From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant R. M. Farrar, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #2724 in 1920. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1915.

Lieutenant Farrar and his mechanic Stephen F. Sullivan, both based at NAS Anacostia, Wash. DC, drowned when the seaplane piloted by Farrar crashed [on March 7, 1923] in the Delaware River near Gibbstown, NJ. -- approx. seven miles south of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, from where they had taken off to return to Anacostia.

LT Farrar was married to the former Miss Edna Beatrice Jane Brown. Mrs. Edna Farrar would later marry U.S. Army LT Frederick L. Hamilton.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Other Service

Robert was commanding officer of USS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) for a few months in 1919.

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 1915

Midshipman, USS Louisiana

January 1916

Ensign, USS Louisiana

January 1917

Ensign, USS Seattle

Others at this command:

Others at or embarked at this command:

LT Fred Perkins '06 (Destroyer Forces)

March 1918

Lieutenant, USS Georgia

January 1919

Lieutenant, USS Burrows

January 1920

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command:

January 1921

Lieutenant, Naval aviation training detachment, Arcadia, Florida

Others at this command:

January 1922

Lieutenant, USS Aroostook

Others at this command:

Class of 1915

Robert is one of 18 members of the Class of 1915 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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