ROBERT W. GERMANY, JR., LT, USN

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Robert Germany, Jr. '30

Date of birth: December 6, 1909

Date of death: March 2, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:

1930 Germany LB.jpg

ROBERT WILLIAM GERMANY, JR.

Monroe, Louisiana

"Bob" "Bobby"

YOUNG, proud, romantic, outspoken, indifferent, popular. He goes lightly through life with his head high—a boy and a man at once. He can study when necessary, but such is rarely the case. He is a Southerner with a good disposition and a sharp tongue which he hopes some day to put to use in law. Argumentative—and reluctant to be driven to do anything—generous and versatile, he plays tennis well, and can perform in any sport from billiards to wrestling. Non-reg and lucky—a wonderful combination. Cheerful and carefree, we can find him at the "hops"—nonchalant—a good sport on all occasions.

He loves to sleep—and yet when occasion demands, can concentrate immediately—energetically. These spells, however, are quickly swept away. He soon becomes a boy again, ready to swap wisecracks. He can lose and regain his temper in five minutes—quick to tell you what he thinks of you, he is not a flatterer. A good friend, a regular fellow. Such is the man Robert William Germany—such is the boy "Bobby."

Tennis 4, 3, 2, Numerals 3, 2; 2 P.O.

1930 Germany LB.jpg

ROBERT WILLIAM GERMANY, JR.

Monroe, Louisiana

"Bob" "Bobby"

YOUNG, proud, romantic, outspoken, indifferent, popular. He goes lightly through life with his head high—a boy and a man at once. He can study when necessary, but such is rarely the case. He is a Southerner with a good disposition and a sharp tongue which he hopes some day to put to use in law. Argumentative—and reluctant to be driven to do anything—generous and versatile, he plays tennis well, and can perform in any sport from billiards to wrestling. Non-reg and lucky—a wonderful combination. Cheerful and carefree, we can find him at the "hops"—nonchalant—a good sport on all occasions.

He loves to sleep—and yet when occasion demands, can concentrate immediately—energetically. These spells, however, are quickly swept away. He soon becomes a boy again, ready to swap wisecracks. He can lose and regain his temper in five minutes—quick to tell you what he thinks of you, he is not a flatterer. A good friend, a regular fellow. Such is the man Robert William Germany—such is the boy "Bobby."

Tennis 4, 3, 2, Numerals 3, 2; 2 P.O.

Loss

Robert was lost when USS Pillsbury (DD 227) was sunk by a superior Japanese surface force in a night action on March 2, 1942, 200 miles east of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

His parents were listed as next of kin.


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 1930
Ensign, USS Maryland

January 1931
Ensign, USS Maryland

April 1931
Ensign, USS Maryland

July 1931
Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia), ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)
October 1931
Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia), ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)
January 1932
Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)
April 1932
Ensign, staff, Battleship Division 4, USS West Virginia

Others at this command: ENS John Shaffer, III '30

Others at or embarked at USS West Virginia: LCDR Charles Cecil '16 (USS West Virginia), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B), ENS Francis Jordan '29 (USS West Virginia), and ENS Philip Ashworth '31 (USS West Virginia)
October 1932
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet)
January 1933
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet)
April 1933
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Daniel Callaghan '11 (US Fleet)
July 1933
Ensign, USS Pennsylvania


Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 (US Fleet)
October 1933
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 (US Fleet)
April 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania


Others at or embarked at this command: CDR Mervyn Bennion '10 (US Fleet) and ENS Willis Thomas '31 (Battleship Division 4)
July 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

October 1934
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

January 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

April 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Pennsylvania

October 1935
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Henderson
January 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Henderson
April 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Henderson
July 1936
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lamson
January 1937
Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Lamson
April 1937
Lieutenant (j.g.), communications officer, USS Lamson
July 1938
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

January 1939
Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.

October 1939
Lieutenant, for assignment, 16th Naval District

June 1940
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Tutuila
November 1940
Lieutenant, commanding officer, USS Tutuila
April 1941
Lieutenant, USS Pillsbury


Class of 1930

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