Van Voorhis, Bruce Avery, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, VB-102
Service Years
1925 - 1943

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Additionally for Cmdr Van Voorhis, there is a memorial tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery, Section MI, Site 86.

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1943
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 79, Site 279-281

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Medal of HonorWorld War II Fallen
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations
USS Mississippi (BB-41)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLUSS Maryland (BB-46)USS Saratoga (CV-3)
USS Ranger (CV-4)Rodman, PanamaUSS Enterprise (CV-6)USS Yorktown (CV-5)
USS Honolulu (CL-48)NAS AnacostiaVP-14VB-102
  1929-1930, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1930-1931, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1931-1934, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1934-1934, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1934-1934, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1935-1937, Rodman, Panama
  1938-1940, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1938-1940, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1940-1941, USS Honolulu (CL-48)
  1941-1942, NAS Anacostia
  1941-1942, NAS Anacostia
  1942-1943, VP-14
  1942-1943, VB-102
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf8
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1925-1929, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

In December 1942, Van Voorhis, a Lieutenant Commander since July, assumed command of VP-14, but soon thereafter took command of VB-102. While serving in that capacity, LCDR Van Voorhis was killed near Hare Island of the Kapingamarangi Atoll, the southernmost of the Eastern Caroline Islands. After a 700-mile flight alone, LCDR Van Voorhis launched successive bombing and strafing attacks on the enemy ground installations. During his attack, he succeeded in destroying a radio station, anti-aircraft emplacements, and at least one airborne fighter as well as three others on the water. However, the strength of Japanese aerial opposition eventually forced Van Voorhis lower and lower until the anti-aircraft barrage, the fighters, or perhaps his own bomb blasts, caused the aircraft to crash. He was posthumously promoted to Commander and awarded the Medal of Honor.

- Cmdr Van Voorhis Medal of Honor citation can be seen by clicking on the ribbon itself in the upper right Ribbon Bar section of this profile.
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