LCDR Reginald Sidney Hugh Venable

LCDR Reginald Sidney Hugh Venable

Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Sep 1964 (aged 73)
California, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Site 2456-1
Memorial ID 86293353 · View Source
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Husband of actress Fay Bainter. He bacame an admirer of hers from the first time he saw her on the stage, and in 1918, they met. They were engaged for a year before getting married in the Summer of 1920. They did not announce their wedding until the next year.

Venable made the news when he broke Navy regulations by using the destroyer he was in charge of for his own personal use. He redirected the destroyer so that he could be the first to meet Fay's steamer that was returning from a trip she had taken to Europe. Navy secretary Daniels was lenient and smilingly said that Reginald was just "a young man courting."

The couple had one son, Reginald Jr. (23 Jul 1923 - 27 Jun 1974).


Reginald S. H. Venable of Palm Springs, Calif., husband of Fay Bainter, the actress, died yesterday in a hospital there. He was 74 years old.

Mr. Venable, who resigned from the Navy in 1925 as a Lieutenant Commander, had managed his wife's business affairs and had been a real-estate operator.

He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1913. While engaged to Miss Bainter in 1920, Mr. Venable attracted some attention by an unconventional naval maneuver. At sea in his destroyer, the Ingram, he met the White Star liner Olympic, on which his fiancee was returning to New York from a European vacation. The ships met out from Sandy Hook, and Mr. Venable boarded the liner at Quarantine.

The incident caused some stir among passengers, as some thought the Navy Department had sent the destroyer out to honor John W. Davis, the returning Ambassador to Britain. Navy officials, including Secretary Josephus Daniels, were said to regard the incident as most unusual, but did not consider it a very serious infraction of regulations.
(NYTimes; 29 Sep 1964, p.43)

Admitted into the Navy as a Midshipman on 1 July 1909.

In 1914, he was an Ensign on the battleship, "Ohio".

In 1916, he was an Ensign on the battleship, "New York".

Served on the USS Arizona at the time of his marriage.

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Lt. Commander U.S.N.
1890 - 1964

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