Waldron, John Charles, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 131X, VT-8
Service Years
1924 - 1942
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fort Pierre, South Dakota
Last Address
Midway Atoll

Date of Passing
Jun 04, 1942
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Body not recovered.

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Order of the Shellback

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Last Known Activity

When VT-8 launched from the deck of the Hornet (CV 8) on the morning of June 4, 1942, it was the first time the ensigns in the squadron had ever launched from a deck with a torpedo onboard (or even SEEN it done), and the first time the squadron would launch live torpedoes at ships.  But the pilots were well-trained tactically by Waldron and very confident in his leadership.  Of the 30 pilots and tailgunners in 15 TBDs, only one -- ENS George Gay, USNR -- survived the attack.  VT-8 scored no hits that day, but they relentlessly pressed the attack against impossible odds, and their selfless and supreme sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty, led to the turn of events which brought us victory at Midway.

Other Comments:

". . . If there is only one plane left to make the final run-in, I want that man to go in and get a hit. May God be with us all. Good luck, happy landings, and give 'em hell." -- LCDR Waldron's instructions to VT-8 the night of Jun 3, 1942

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 Duty Stations
US NavySchool Assignments - StaffUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
USS Lexington (CV-2)USS Colorado (BB-45)VP-1 Screaming EaglesVF-3 Tomcatters
Bureau of OrdnanceVT-8
  1924-1926, 111X, USS Seattle (CA-11)
  1926-1927, 139X, Naval Flight Training
  1929-1929, 131X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1929-1931, 131X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1931-1933, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1935-1936, 131X, USS Colorado (BB-45)
  1936-1936, 131X, VP-1 Screaming Eagles
  1937-1939, 131X, VF-3 Tomcatters
  1940-1940, 131X, Bureau of Ordnance
  1941-1942, 131X, VT-8
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1920-1924, United States Naval Academy
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