From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Baush '08

Date of birth: October 23, 1885

Date of death: February 14, 1918

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1908 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost on February 14, 1918 when he died following an "accidental fall" while aboard USS Utah (Battleship No. 31) while the ship was in Norfolk.

He was survived by his wife, mother, sister, and brother; he is buried in Pennsylvania.

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 1909

Midshipman, Illinois

Others at this command:

January 1910

Midshipman, New York

January 1911

Ensign, New York

January 1912

Ensign, Samar

January 1913

Ensign, Samar

Others at this command:

January 1914

Lieutenant (j.g.), waiting orders

January 1915

Lieutenant (j.g.), Post Grad Dept, Naval Academy

Others at this command:

January 1916

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Columbia University, New York, New York

Others at this command:

January 1917

Lieutenant, sick leave

Class of 1908

Robert is one of 7 members of the Class of 1908 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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