USS Shenandoah Crash – Officers and Crew

A list of the officers and crew aboard USS Shenandoah when the ship crashed in Ohio on September 3, 1925.  The names of the 14 officers and sailors killed in the crash are in red.

Six survivors of the Shenandoah were lost in the wreck of USS Akron in 1933; two survived the crash of USS Macon in 1935.

[22 April 2013:  My deep appreciation to Eric Brothers for offering corrections regarding sailors Louis Allely, G. W. Armour, and George C. Schnitzer.]


Zachary Lansdowne in control car of USS Shenandoah

Zachary Lansdowne in control car of USS Shenandoah

Lt. Cdr. Zachary Lansdowne, Commanding
Lt. Cdr. Louis Hancock

Lt. Cdr. Charles E. Rosendahl [biography]
Lt. J. B. Lawrence
Lt. Arthur R. Houghton

Lt. Roland G. Mayer
Lt. Edgar W. Sheppard
Lieutenant Charles E. Bauch
Lt. Thomas C. Henley
Lt. J. Bruce Anderson
WO Raymond Cole, Radio Officer
Chief Machinist Shine Spottswood Halliburton
Col. Chalmers G. Hall, U.S. Army Air Service
Walter Richardson (Lt. USNR, Civilian Photographer)


AMM1c William H. Spratley

William H. Spratley

Louis E. Allely (Aviation Chief Rigger)
Everett P. Allen (Aviation Chief Rigger)
G. W. Armour (Radioman)

Henry A. Ballard (AMM2c | Avn. Mach. Mate 2d) [Died aboard USS Akron]
Henry L. Boswell (Rigger, First Class) [Died aboard USS Akron]

Charles H. Broome (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)
James W. Cullinan  (Aviation Pilot)

Arthur E. Carlson (Aviation Chief Rigger) [Died aboard USS Akron]
Lester Coleman  (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate)
James H. Collier (Aviation Chief Rigger)
Mark Donovan (CBM | Chief Boatswain’s Mate)
John J. Hahn (SC1c | Ships Cook 1st)
Benjamin O. Hereth (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)

Ralph T. Joffray, St. Louis, Aviation Rigger, First Class.
Walter Johnson (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate)
Ralph Jones (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)
Julius Eugene Malak (AMM2c | Avn. Mach. Mate 2d) [USS Macon survivor]
Franklyn E. Masters  (Airship Pilot)

Celestino P. Mazzucco  (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)
John F. Mccarthy  (Aviation Chief Rigger)
James A. Moore, Jr. (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)
Bartholomew H. O’Sullivan (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)

Frank L. Peckham   (Aviation Chief Rigger)
August C. Quernheim   (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st) [Died aboard USS Akron]
William A. Russell   (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate) [Died aboard USS Akron]
George C. Schnitzer  (CRM | Chief Radioman)
Joseph Shevlowitz   (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st) [Died aboard USS Akron]
Charles Solar (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st) [USS Macon survivor]

William H. Spratley  (AMM1c | Avn. Mach. Mate 1st)
Frederick J. Tobin   (CBM, Airship Pilot)
Richardson Wilson  (Sea2c | Seaman Second Class)

USS Shenandoah, with (l to r) Zachary Lansdowne, William Moffett, Maurice Pierce, J. H. Dee, Chalmers Hall

USS Shenandoah, with (l to r) Zachary Lansdowne, William Moffett, Maurice Pierce, J. H. Deem, Chalmers Hall

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cathy April 16, 2015 at 11:16 am

My uncle Frank Peckham was a crew member who survived the crash also. And later had to give an account of what happen which did not sit well with the public as to what caused it to happen. He was a great man soft spoken but he could only tell the truth.


Kelly Del Valle July 25, 2014 at 12:15 am

My great grandfather, Walter L. Richardson, was a surviving member of this crash, and also a Naval aerial photographer (the first!). Are the photos on this page his work? As a photographer myself (the land bound kind), I am curious!


Lester coleman III June 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

My granfather survuved this crash, went on to serve in WWII, with his son, my father..


Barclay Livker September 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Perhaps as a glimpse into the future, the USS Los Angeles once flew over Ebbets Field while a Dodgers game was in progress


Toby May 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

There’s a great picture of the survivors at


Alan Sarvis March 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

I have a great picture of Fredirick Tobin later in his career with a small picture of the Hindenburg and hand written note, signed. 1974. All are in one frame, from a museum in Fort Worth TX


david helms December 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

would you be willing to share a copy of that photo? would love to have a copy. thanks for a reply.



mike September 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

My grandfather, Clarence Barrier was stationed on the Shenandoah. He had duty the night of the crash, but exchanged duty with another crew member, before takeoff. Would anyone know who that crew member was?


david helms January 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm

hi mike . can you share anything with me regarding your grandfather & the shenandoah? i would greatly appreciate it. hope to hear from you soon.



bob nugent August 3, 2012 at 4:08 am

I am looking for any information on John Francis McCarthy ,
Thank you


Joan Healey June 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm

John Francis McCarthy was my uncle. What sort of information are you seeking?


bob seberry nugent March 1, 2014 at 8:42 am

Hi Joan , John Francis McCarthy was the son of John McCarthy and an Ormond ,
my wife Kate and you are cousins, please get in touch,
Kate and Bob,


bob seberry nugent March 8, 2015 at 5:44 am

Hi Joan here is my email address
you and my wife Kate are cousins ( Ormond) we are in Ireland,
we would love to hear from you
Kate and Bob,


bob seberry nugent June 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

Hi Joan , John F McCarthy and my wife Kate are related ( Ormond)
Please get in touch,
Bob and Kate,
in Ireland,


George Charles Schnitzer, Jr. March 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I am a junior to my father who was George, Sr. who is alive and born in 1925. I have little information on our family other than our side came from Germany around 1900, and I am not aware of anyone else who has our name. Is there any information regarding radioman George C. Schnitzer, where he lived descendants, etc.

My grandfather was William Schnitzer, he had a brother Joseph lived in NY, was an decorative iron worker, fences gates, etc.

Ironically, my dad was a radioman in WWII, stationed in France.

ANy information is appreciated.


Diane Conrad Schnitzer March 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

My Great Uncle was your father. My Uncle was George Conrad Schnitzer, who passed more than a year ago, being named after your dad. My late grandfather is your Dad’s bother, Robert Ferns Schnitzer, and my dad is Jr. to him. My father has a sister, Carole Magruder, and a brother, William Schnitzer, being named after your grandfather, who are still living. My dad is still living, but his memory is not the best. All of Robert Schnitzer’s 4 children were born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, and he was born in New York City, I believe, and lost his parents to the flu epidemic and was placed in a boy’s orphanage along with his 2 brothers, William and George.
I hope this makes sense and is of some help to you.


Diane Conrad Schnitzer March 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

OOPS. I’m sorry. I didn’t see that your father was George CHARLES Schnitzer. However, I am certain that we are related, though distantly. It is my understanding that my great uncle was George Conrad Schnitzer, the radio man on the ship, as my grandfather and father always said. The rest of the info I gave is accurate, though. My dad, Robert Jr. was born in 1927, he is the oldest, and George Conrad is the second oldest. It was very hard on my grandfather, Robert Sr. to lose his brother, George, since their family was so devastated by the death of their parents. I thought there were only 3 boys, but I might be mistaken. My uncle,William Schnitzer, is a retired Episcopal priest from New Jersey, and his wife Carole “Cal” Schnitzer is on facebook. They would probably know a lot more info on the family than I.


r.c grimes December 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Note: Aviation Rigger Louis E. Allely did not die in the crash. He was my great uncle and I enjoyed his company many times ove the years. My grandfather actually picked him up at the crash site and took him home to Worthington, O. He had been granted a immediate leave for a few days to recover. Things were a little less formal in those days.


david helms January 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

do you have any information you would be willing to share regarding your great uncle & his shenandoah experiences? thanks for a reply.



Gil November 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

This picture shows Uncle Maurice R Pierce (mother’s uncle). He was commander of the airship USS Los Angeles. He was the husband of mother’s aunt Cecilia.
Let me know if you don’t get the picture and I’ll give you the website.

Geeez, Gil, Brian Wilson—you know…the Beach Boy!


david helms January 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

can you possibly share one of those pictures with me? i am an avid airship researcher. many thanks.



david helms December 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

hi. do you know where i might get a copy of the uss los angeles? thanks for a response.



Joe Quigley December 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Chriss, my grandfather was Aunt Cecilia’ s brother. His son, James Bernard Quigley, was my father. I visited her when she lived in Hollywood and I was stationed at 29 Palms, CA during the late 70’s. They are buried in Arlington. Please contact me if you would like to talk.
Joe Quigley
Emerald Isle, NC


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