SIDNEY L. SMITH, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Sidney Smith '26

Date of birth: August 12, 1903

Date of death: March 1, 1942

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Sidney was lost when USS Houston (CA 30) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait. He was the ship's gunnery plotting room officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Biography

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From Find A Grave:

S. L. Smith was a Commander in the United States Navy. He was the son of Layton Fontaine Smith and Mary Alexander Beasley Smith - born and brought up in Maryland in the household of his mother's parents. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy. When he was 23, he married Katherine L. Bechtold Smith and in 1930 they were living with her parents. Sidney and Katherine had two sons Sidney L. Smith Jr. and Gordon Leigh Smith who was born March 6 1935.

He was not officially declared dead until December 15, 1945; this also explains his late listing on the Class of 1926 panel in Memorial Hall.

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 1927

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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January 1928

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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April 1928

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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July 1928

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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October 1928

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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January 1929

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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April 1929

Ensign, USS Wyoming


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July 1929

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wyoming


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April 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Wyoming


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October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Dupont

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Gun Factory, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.


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LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Experimental Diving Unit)

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Gun Factory, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.


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LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Experimental Diving Unit)

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Gun Factory, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.


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Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.:

LT Edwin Crouch '21 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
LT Raymond Hansen '22 (Experimental Diving Unit)

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), under instruction, Naval Gun Factory, Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.


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LT Mark Crouter '20 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)
LT John Hollowell, Jr. '22 (Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.)

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Dale


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January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Dale


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April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Dale


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July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Dale


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January 1937

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Dale


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April 1937

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Dale


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September 1937

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Dale

January 1938

Lieutenant, gunnery officer, USS Dale

July 1938

Lieutenant, Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.


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January 1939

Lieutenant, Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.


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October 1939

Lieutenant, Bureau of Ordnance, Washington, D.C.


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Class of 1926

Sidney is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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