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1942 Necrology
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Albert Sullivan (1922 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Frank, Joseph and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
George Sullivan (1914 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers Albert, Frank, Joseph and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
George Cohan (1878 - 1942)
Composer, Producer, Entertainer, Actor. He is best remembered for his popular World War I morale songs "Over There" and "You're a Grand Old Flag" as well as his numerous Broadway plays. He was often referred to as the greatest single figure the American theater ever produced, as a player, playwright...
 
Madison Sullivan (1919 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Frank, Joseph and Albert in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to such...
 
Joseph Sullivan (1918 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Frank, Albert and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
Francis Sullivan (1916 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Albert, Joseph and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to su...
 
Carole Lombard (1908 - 1942)
Actress. Born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, one of three children, her parents separated and with her mother she moved to California. Her career spanned from the silent era to "talkies." An auto accident almost ended her life as well as acting by inflicting serious scars on her face. ...
 
John Barrymore (1882 - 1942)
Actor. He made his stage debut at the age of 18 in one of his father's productions, but he really wanted to be an artist. Educated at Kings College, Wimbledon, and New York's Art Student League, he worked at the New York Evening Journal doing sketches. By 1905, he had given up being an artist and to...
 
George Sullivan (1914 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers Albert, Frank, Joseph and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
Joseph Sullivan (1918 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Frank, Albert and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
Albert Sullivan (1922 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Frank, Joseph and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
Philip Holler (1869 - 1942)
American Architect. Holler was partners with Mendel Meyer in an architecture firm that was noted for its opulent commercial buildings and movie theatres built during the 1910s and 1920s. The firm of Meyer & Holler, also known as The Milwaukee Building Company which was established in 1905 in Los Ang...
 
James Horne (1881 - 1942)
Motion Picture Director. A comedy specialist, he is best-known for his work with Laurel and Hardy. Horne directed the duo in several shorts, including "Big Business" (1929), "One Good Turn" (1931), and "Beau Hunks" (1931), and the features "Bonnie Scotland" (1935), "The Bohemian Girl" (1936)...
 
Alexander Nininger (1918 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Alexander Ramsey Nininger, Jr. was born in Gainesville, Georgia and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where his father owned two movie theatres. Nicknamed "Sandy", as a youth he spoke French fluently, loved classical music, and wrote poetry in s...
 
Francis Sullivan (1916 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Albert, Joseph and Madison in the service under the stipulation that they serve together.While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to suc...
 
Richard Fleming (1917 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in St. Paul Minnesota, he attended St. Thomas Military Academy, graduated in 1935. He enlisted in the Marine Corps for flight training and finished at the top of his class in 1940. On June 4, 1942 Captain Fleming's Marine Scout Bombing Squadr...
 
Richard Willstätter (1872 - 1942)
1915 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. He received his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Munich in 1894 where he studied under Adolf von Baeyer, who had received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1905. His doctoral thesis was on the structure of cocaine. His studies concentrated on plant and ani...
 
John McIlhenny (1867 - 1942)
Businessman, Soldier, Politician. He was the son of Tabasco brand pepper sauce inventor Edmund McIlhenny and after his father's death in 1890, he oversaw the business operations with his mother. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he joined the First Volunteer Cavalry of the United States...
 
L.M. Montgomery (1874 - 1942)
Author. Born the only daughter of Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner McNeill at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Canada, she was known to her family as Maud. After the early death of her mother, she was sent to live with her maternal grandparents Alexander and Lucy McNeill who maintained the Post ...
 
Daniel Callaghan (1890 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in San Francisco, California, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911. Served as a Rear Admiral, chief of staff Commander, South Pacific, during action against enemy Japanese forces off Savo Island. On the night of November 13, 1942, he led ...
 
Grant Wood (1891 - 1942)
Painter. One of the three leaders of the Regionalist movement of the 1930s and 1940s, along with Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry. He won fame for his unique depictions of rural life in his native Iowa, as well as for his portraits and playful takes on US history. His painting "America...
 
Madison Sullivan (1919 - 1942)
World War II United States Navy Sailor. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, joining brothers George, Frank, Joseph and Albert in the service under the stipulation that they serve together. While the United States Navy had no policy obligating it to such...
 
Ronald Fisher (1921 - 1942)
WW II US Navy Aviation Radioman. Born in Colorado and enlisted in the Navy on April 3, 1940. He served as lead Aviation Radioman Second Class with Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) aboard the carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). At the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942, his squadron led by Lt. Commander John C. Wa...
 
Lena Springs (1883 - 1942)
Political Figure. She was the first woman ever nominated for United States Vice President. Lena Jones Springs received the Democratic nomination for Vice President in 1924, four years after women received the right to vote. Attending the Democratic Convention held in New York, she was chosen as the ...
 
Warhorse Kidron (1907 - 1942)
Warhorse. Kidron was ridden by General John J. Pershing in some of his early military campaigns but became famous during World War I when used mainly as a ceremonial animal. During this war, new weapons of war proved devastating to cavalrymen and their mounts. The battle fields were demarcated by im...
 
Albert Rooks (1891 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Colton, Washington, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1914. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in June 1940 and in 1941 took command of the heavy cruiser "USS Houston" (CA-30), flagship of the Asiatic Fleet, lea...
 
James Ellis (1868 - 1942)
Poet, Author. A popular lecturer as well as writer, this native of Ghent, Carroll County, Kentucky traveled the United States in the early 1900's telling humorous stories and singing folk songs. He wrote over a dozen poetry and short story books about life in Kentucky and was nationally known for hi...
 
Thomas Mitchell (1857 - 1942)
Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in New York, he served as a Landsman in the United States Navy. On November 17, 1879, while serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond at Shanghai, China, Landsman Michell rescued a fellow shipmate from drowning after he fell into the sea. For bravery...
 
John Waldron (1900 - 1942)
US Navy WW II Aviator. He was born at Fort Pierre, South Dakota, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1924 and became a Naval Aviator in 1927. In 1941 he was Lieutenant Commander and became Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) to serve on the new aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8)...
 
Gordon Lillie (1860 - 1942)
Businessman. Major Gordon William Lillie, popularly known to the world as Pawnee Bill, was a Wild West Showman, owning a one of the largest Wild West shows in existance, right beside the 101 Ranch Wild West Show and the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Gordon got his start in show business with a stint...
 
Edna Oliver (1883 - 1942)
Actress. Born Edna May Nutter at Boston, Mass., she was one of the most recognizable character actresses of the 1930s. Early in life she had musical aspirations and planned to study in Italy, however, family and financial difficulties led her to the Boston stage in 1911. Between acting jobs she f...
 
Robert Bosch (1861 - 1942)
Industrialist, Inventor. Founder of Robert Bosch GmbH, the world's largest supplier of auto parts. Born near Ulm, he attended a technical school near his home and then apprenticed as a mechanic. He worked in this trade for a number of companies, including Edison. In 1896 he founded the company that ...
 
Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire Memorial ( - 1942)
One of the nation's most notorious tragedies, a major fire struck the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, 17 Piedmont Street, in Boston on the evening of November 28, 1942 On the night of the fire, the club had approximately 1,000 occupants, many of whom were people preparing to go overseas on military duty. ...
 
Billy DeBeck (1890 - 1942)
Cartoonist. He drew the comic strip "Barney Google" from 1919 to 1942. Another of his well known characters was 'Snuffy Smith'.
 
Alois Eliáš (1890 - 1942)
Political Figure. A World War I Czech national military hero, he became a leader in the Nazi resistance movement that ultimately led to his execution. In 1939 the Germans invaded the central and western parts of Czechoslovakia and declared the region a protectorate of Germany. Shortly after the Germ...
 
Alexander Nininger (1918 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Alexander Ramsey Nininger, Jr. was born in Gainesville, Georgia and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where his father owned two movie theatres. Nicknamed "Sandy", as a youth he spoke French fluently, loved classical music, and wrote poetry in s...
 
John Waldron (1900 - 1942)
US Navy WW II Aviator. He was born at Fort Pierre, South Dakota, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1924 and became a Naval Aviator in 1927. In 1941 he was Lieutenant Commander and became Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) to serve on the new aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8)...
 
Harl Pease (1917 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939. He served as a Captain in the 19th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. During a bombing mission over New Guinea on August 5, 1942 one of the engines on hi...
 
Cassin Young (1894 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Cassin Young was born in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the Navy in 1912 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1916. On December 7, 1941, he was Commanding Officer of the repair ship U.S.S Vestal which was badly damaged by enemy bombs...
 
James Murray (1859 - 1942)
First Boer War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lance Corporal, 3rd Battalion, Connaught Rangers. On January 16, 1881, in an attack on the Boers at Elandsfontein, South Africa, Lance Corporal Murray noticed a soldier of the 21st Foot who had been severely wounded. In advancing for 500 ...
 
Louis Loftin (1890 - 1942)
Hall of Fame Negro League Baseball Player. He played in the Negro Leagues from 1909 to 1926, served in World War I during his playing time. He played catcher, and was known as a powerful left-handed batter, known for his long home run hits. He played for the Philadelphia Giants, New York Lincoln Gia...
 
Douglas Munro (1919 - 1942)
World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Petty Officer Signalman First Class and holds the distinction of being the only member of the US Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor. In 1939, he was attending the Central Washington College of Education when he left to enlist in the US Coa...
 
Jeanette Loff (1906 - 1942)
American film actress of the 1920s and 30s. Her father was a famous Danish violinist.
 
May Robson (1858 - 1942)
Actress. She starred in many theatre plays and one-woman shows before her motion picture career. When she receive an Oscar nomination for her role as 'Apple Annie" in 1933's "Lady For A Day", she was the earliest-born actress to be afforded that honor. Among her other popular films were "Dinner At E...
 
Norman Scott (1889 - 1942)
WW II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1911. Promoted Rear Admiral in May 1942, he was sent to the south Pacific, where he commanded a fire support group during the invasion of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in early August 19...
 
Burr McIntosh (1862 - 1942)
American motion picture actor of the 1910s, 20s, and 30s. Died of a heart attack in 1942.
 
Walter Davidson (1876 - 1942)
Businessman. President and one of the four original founders of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
 
Joseph Pendleton (1860 - 1942)
United States Marine Corps General. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps on July 1, 1884. In the Spanish American War, he served on the cruiser USS Yankee, taking part in the bombardment of Santiago, Cuba. Advancing quickly in r...
 
Buck Jones (1890 - 1942)
Actor. A popular star of Western motion pictures in the 1920s and 1930s, he was featured in the "Rough Riders" series, and developed a popular following of "Buck Jones Rangers." While on a promotional and War Bonds tour in Boston, Massachusetts during World War II, he stopped at the Coconut Grove Ni...
 
Alexander Nininger (1918 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Alexander Ramsey Nininger, Jr. was born in Gainesville, Georgia and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where his father owned two movie theatres. Nicknamed "Sandy", as a youth he spoke French fluently, loved classical music, and wrote poetry in s...
 
Harl Pease (1917 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939. He served as a Captain in the 19th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. During a bombing mission over New Guinea on August 5, 1942 one of the engines on hi...
 
Reinhardt Keppler (1918 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United Syates Navy during World War II as a Boatswain's Mate First Class on broard the cruiser "USS San Francisco". He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the Solomon Islands, on November 12 and 13, 1942. His citation reads "For ...
 
Bernard Hyman (1895 - 1942)
Motion picture producer/writer/director of the 1920s and 30s. Produced the Jean Harlow/Clark Gable comedy-romance "Saratoga" in 1937. He is interred next to Clark Gable at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
 
Hakushu Kitahara (1885 - 1942)
Tanka and modern-style poet.
 
Wonder Tony (1899 - 1942)
Equine Movie Star. He was owned and trained by famous horseman Pat Chrisman and then purchased by Tom Mix for $600. Tony first appeared in the 1917 film "The Heart of Texas Ryan" because of an injury to his mainstay mount "Old Blue." However, with the death of Old Blue in 1919, Tony became his full...
 
Oscar Peterson (1899 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Prentis, Wisconsin and enlisted in the Navy December 8, 1920. He served continuously at sea and on April 8, 1941, reported for duty on the U.S.S. NEOSHO (AO-23) as Chief Water Tender. His citation reads, "At the Battle of the Coral Sea on ...
 
John Lejeune (1867 - 1942)
United States Marine Corps General. He was born in Pointe Coupee, Louisiana, the son of a former Confederate officer, and attended Louisiana State University. After three years at L.S.U., he attempted to gain entry to West Point, but finding no openings in his class, he chose instead to attend the U...
 
Cassin Young (1894 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Cassin Young was born in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the Navy in 1912 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1916. On December 7, 1941, he was Commanding Officer of the repair ship U.S.S Vestal which was badly damaged by enemy bombs...
 
Clyde Thomason (1914 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in in Atlanta, Georgia and served as a Sergeant, in Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson’s 2nd Raider Battalion, U.S. Marines. On August 17, 1942, he was in the lead Marine Raider advance against the Japanese held Island of Makin Atoll. He dis...
 
Yoshiharu Iwamoto (1863 - 1942)
Educator. Served as vice-president of the Meiji Girls' School.
 
Konstantin Balmont (1867 - 1942)
Poet, Translator. Once regarded as a major figure of the "Silver Age" of Russian Literature. He was associated with the Symbolist movement but was primarily a lyricist; his imagery was colorful and impressionistic, his rhythms inherently melodious. The books "Let Us Be Like the Sun" (1903) and "Lov...
 
Rafaela Ottiano (1888 - 1942)
Actress. The severe-looking character actress from stage and film, will probably best be remembered as Greta Garbo's overly protective caretaker, Suzette, in the 1932 classic 'Grand Hotel'. Ottiano established herself as a stage actress in Europe before appearing on Broadway in 'Sweeney Todd' (1924)...
 
William Bisbee (1840 - 1942)
United States Army General. During the Civil War, and in response to President Abraham Lincoln's second call for volunteers, he enlisted on September 2, 1861 by joining the Regular Army as part of the 18th United States Infantry, then organizing at Columbus, Ohio. The 18th would be with the Army of ...
 
Joseph Faurot (1872 - 1942)
New York City Policeman. He was detective who introduced the use of finger-printing in the United States. He was the first to use fingerprints to identify a criminal, and the first to obtain a conviction with fingerprint evidence. Faurot rose to become a deputy police commissioner before his retir...
 
Richard Fleming (1917 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in St. Paul Minnesota, he attended St. Thomas Military Academy, graduated in 1935. He enlisted in the Marine Corps for flight training and finished at the top of his class in 1940. On June 4, 1942 Captain Fleming's Marine Scout Bombing Squadr...
 
John Hughes (1880 - 1942)
Mexican Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for service at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on April 21-22, 1914 where he was serving as a Captain in the USMC. His citation reads: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Ca...
 
Harry Huse (1858 - 1942)
Mexican Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was awarded the Medal of Honor while serving as Captain of the USS Vermont (BB-20). His citation reads: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Under fire, Capt. Huse was eminent and conspicuous ...
 
Aritomo Goto (1888 - 1942)
Japanese Imperial Navy Admiral. A career naval officer, Rear Admiral Goto was a major figure in the Pacific at the beginning of World War II. In September 1941, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto leader of the Combined Fleet, appointed Goto in command of Cruiser Division 6 (CruDiv6). His force included the sh...
 
Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908 - 1942)
Author, Journalist. She was born in Zurich, Switzerland. A close friend of Klaus and Erika Mann, she was a big traveler, experience that she reflected powerfully in her books. In 1934, she accompanied Klaus Mann to the first Congress of Writers, in Moscow. In 1936, Annemarie arrived in New York alon...
 
Thomas Maufe (1898 - 1942)
World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award from British King George V on November 29, 1917 at Buckingham Palace in London, England for his actions as a 2nd lieutenant in the 124th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, of the British Army on June 4, 1917 at Feuchy, France during W...
 
Thomas Hughes (1885 - 1942)
World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. From his London Gazette citation: "On 3 September 1916 at Guillemont, France, Private Hughes was wounded in an attack but returned at once to the firing line after having his wounds dressed. Later, seeing a hostile machine-gun, he dashed out in front of his comp...
 
Milton Ricketts (1913 - 1942)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. On May 8, 1942 he was Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Repair Party of the "USS Yorktown" in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Du...
 
Eugene Esmonde (1909 - 1942)
World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously for his actions as a lieutenant commander in the 825th British Naval Air Squadron on February 12, 1942 while piloting a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber biplane during an attack on German naval vessels in the English Channel. B...
 
John French (1914 - 1942)
World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of Australia, he was gazetted for the award posthumously on January 12, 1943 for his actions as a corporal in the 2/9th Infantry Battalion of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force on September 3, 1942 at Milne Bay, New Guinea during World War II. The son o...
 

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