USS Macon Crash – Officers and Crew

A list of the officers, crew, and guests aboard USS Macon when the ship crashed at sea north of San Francisco on February 12, 1935.  Of the 76 men aboard Macon, two died in the crash; their names appear in red.

Macon’s commanding officer, Herbert V.Wiley, was one of the three survivors of the USS Akron crash on April 3-4, 1933.


Lt. Cdr. Herbert V.Wiley (right) assuming command of USS Macon from Cdr. Alger H. Dresel

Lt. Cdr. Herbert V.Wiley (right) assuming command of USS Macon from Cdr. Alger H. Dresel

Lt. Cdr. Herbert V. Wiley, Commanding
Lt. Cdr. Jesse L. Kenworthy
Lt. Cdr. Edwin F. Cochrane
Lt. Cdr. George H. Mills
Lt. Cdr. Donald M. Mackey
Lt. Cdr. Scott E. Peck
Lt. Calvin M. Bolster
Lt. Howard N. Coulter
Lt. Anthony L. Danis
Lt. Harold B. Miller
Lt. (jg) John D. Reppy
Lt. (jg) Frederick N. Kivette
Lt. (jg) George W. Campbell
Lt. (jg) Earle K. Van Swearingen
Lt. (jg) Leroy C. Simpler
Lt. (jg) Gerald D. Huff
Chief Boatswain William A. Buckley,
Chief Machinist Emmett C. Thurman


Cdr. Alfred T. Clay, Commanding Officer, NAS Moffett Field
Lt. Clinton S. Rounds


USS Macon cook William F. Bucher

USS Macon cook William F. Bucher

Charles Ellis Adams (BM2c | Boatswain’s Mate 2d)
Herlie H. Ashcraft  (Sea1c | Seaman First Class)
William Alfred Baker (Aviation Machinist Mate)
William J. Bighouse (RM2c | Radioman 2d)
Dave Wesley Bounds (F2c | Fireman 2d)
Theodore C. Brandes (QM1c | Quartermaster 1st)
William F Bucher (SC1c | Ships Cook 1st)
Maximo Cariaso (Matt1c | Mess Attend. 1st)
Ansel Franklin Carroll (Aviation Machinist Mate)
William Henry Clarke (Cox | Coxswain)
Wilmer M. Conover   (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Joseph Robert Connolly (Cox | Coxswain)
Theodore Class (SC2c | Ships Cook 2nd)
Fred Mathew Culbert (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Ernest Edwin Dailey     (RM1c | Radioman 1st)
Cecil Myron Deforest Avn Mach. Mate
Francis S. Domian (BM2c | Boatswain’s Mate 2d)
Gifford Lavern Dunn     (F1c | Fireman 1st)
Florentino Edquiba (Matt1c | Mess Attend. 1st)
Max Felt (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Matthew G Fraas (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Albert Francis (CAerog | Chief Aerographer)
Andrew B. Galatian (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate)
James Nicholas Garner (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Arthur Glowacki (Sea1c | Seaman First Class)
James C. Gilmore  (Electrician’s Mate)
William F Germain (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Leo Edward Gentile (Cox | Coxswain)
John Beaty Hall (Sea2c | Seaman Second Class)
Worther M. Hammond (Cox | Coxswain)
William H. Herndon, Jr. (SC1c | Ships Cook 1st)
Bruce H. Herrington  (RM1c | Radioman 1st)
Sydney Hooper (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Paschal M. Jackson (BM2c | Boatswain’s Mate 2d)
James C. Jennings (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate)
Earle W Kirkpatrick (BM2c | Boatswain’s Mate 2d)
Emil Klaassen (Aviation Machinist Mate)
William S. Kosar (RM1c | Radioman 1st)
Leonard E. Lehtonen (Aviation Machinist Mate)
John Francis Leonard (Aviation Machinist Mate)
William A. MacDonald (Cox | Coxswain)
Julius Eugene Malak (Aviation Machinist Mate) [USS Shenandoah survivor] Kenneth H. McArdle (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Charles W Miller (BM2c | Boatswain’s Mate 2d)
Martin Oscar Miller (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate)
Edward Ross Morris     (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Vernon Thomas Moss  (Pharmacist’s Mate)
Arthur M. Oliver (Cox | Coxswain)
Clyde Charles Padgett (F2c | Fireman 2d)
Benjamin George Perks (QM1c | Quartermaster 1st)
Harry R. K. Probst (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate)
Paul Fitz Randolph (CRM | Chief Radioman)
Herbert Reginald Rowe (Sea1c | Seaman First Class)
David Reese Safford (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Leonard E. Schellberg (BM1c | Boatswain’s Mate 1st)
Emery E. Sherman (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Tom Morrell Sleek (F2c | Fireman 2d)
Charles Salem Solar (ACMM | Avn. Chf. Mach. Mate) [USS Shenandoah survivor] Joseph Edward Steele  (AMM3c | Avn. Mach. Mate 3d)
Hobart B. Sullivan (RM2c | Radioman 2d)
Warren A. Thompson (Sea2c | Seaman Second Class)
James Farley Todd (Aviation Machinist Mate)
Maurice Irving Walters (RM2c | Radioman 2nd)

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Richard Gaarenstroom
Richard Gaarenstroom

I am research the USS Macon Officers and Crew,looking for an Oregon connection. If anyone has any information on any of the officers or crew that have an Oregon Experience, I would like to hear from you. Family, relatives, schools, work, military service. My name is Richard Gaarenstroom, Oregon Military… Read more »

Stefan spett
Stefan spett

Was anyone in the crew a survivor of J-3:s crash in 1933. Im unable to figure out their names.

Tracey Thurston
Tracey Thurston

My father served on the USS Macon as a radio man. His name is Robert Leslie Thurston. I have his Shirt his uniform and his flag. I wish to know his fate or survival. Thank you sincerely. Tracey A Thurston

Mike Santa Cruz
Mike Santa Cruz

My grand father was Vernon T Moss

Eric M. Smith
Eric M. Smith

ACCM Harry R.K Probst was my uncle. I wasn’t sure if he was on the airship at the time it crashed. Thanks to you website I now have more information for my Genealogy addiction.

Eric M. Smith
Eric M. Smith

ACCM Harry R. K. Probst was my uncle. I knew he had been assigned to the USS Macon at some time and I knew he died in 1945. I wasn’t sure if he was on the airship at the time of the crash. Thanks to your website I now have… Read more »

Janine Peck
Janine Peck

Lt. Cmdr. Scott E. Peck was my grandfather. He survived this crash and latter was docking the Hindenburg when it blew up. He told us many stories about his navy days. He retired as an Admiral. His son my father retired as Lt. Cmdr. Scott E. Peck.

Janine Peck
Janine Peck

My Cmdt. Scott E. Peck was my grandfather. He survived and continued his career in Airships.

A. K. Shearer III

You stumble across interesting thins in the internet when surfing. I had met Cmdr Jesse L Kenworthy as a child. He was a friend of my fathers and his brother Hugh was my fathers best man at his wedding, I remember him well as he would come to visit us… Read more »

Matt Sargent
Matt Sargent

Hi! My Mom is the daughter of Hugh Kenworthy! Small world!

David Helms

i enjoyed reading your stories. i am an avid airship researcher and do presentations on the hindenburg and other airships . would love to hear more from you and maybe we have things we can share. i have been to the crash site of the hindenburg 3 times and later… Read more »

J. Nelson
J. Nelson

Cmdr. Kenworthy was the Executive Officer on the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attack. He retired as a Captain in 1943, due, I believe, to severe stress-related issues.

Shirley Bacon Jensen
Shirley Bacon Jensen

I have been transcribing my father’s personal history. He was aboard the USS Colorado which was doing operations off of Point Sur at the time of the crash. He said that they were ready and waiting for the rescue call but another ship got it. Intersting that I just happen… Read more »