Cross, J.M. (Jay), FT2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
FT-0000-Fire Control Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Control Technician
Primary Unit
1943-1945, FT-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
FT-Fire Control Technician

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Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
Hostile, Died
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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US Navy
  1943-1945, FT-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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J. M. "Jay" Cross - FC2c

Missing In Action - April 6, 1945

Silver Star Recipient


J. M. Cross was part of the USS Bush commissioning crew, reporting aboard as a Fire Controlman 3rd class on May 10, 1943. Prior to reporting aboard ship, he had attended the Fleet Service School for "Fire Control-Rangefinder-Spotters", graduating on the 6th day of February, 1943.

As a Fire Controlman he was part of the ship's Ordnance Division. His assigned battle station was the #41 40MM director, on the starboard side of the ship, just forward of the bridge and above the #41 40MM gun itself. Shipmates have described him as a "good natured fellow" and "a big strong kid, well liked". J. M. was lost with the USS Bush on April 6, 1945. By that time, his rating had increased to Fire Controlman 2nd Class. He was 21 years old.

This big, young sailor had no first or middle name, just the initials J. M. He was the only surviving child of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert M. Cross from Tulsa Oklahoma. A surviving cousin related the following from her childhood memories, "J.M. didn't smoke or drink, and also being a very tall man, was often sent on shore patrol. There was only one time he needed his billy club, but because he'd never had to use it, he couldn't get it off his belt!"

A letter to Jay's parents dated June 2, 1945 from the ship's Commanding Officer told of J. M's death and his gallant actions as the USS Bush was lost. Below are excerpts from that letter:


My dear Mr. and Mrs. Cross,


It is with deep regret that I, Senior Survivor of the USS BUSH, write to you concerning your son, J. M. Cross, who was listed as missing in action after the sinking of the BUSH. Close questioning of survivors and a careful review of the facts have led to the conclusion that he must now be listed as dead.


"Jay" was at his battle station on one of the gun directors at the outset of the action. After the first hit, he went to the damaged area and assisted in clearing wreckage. He survived the succeeding attack and was of great assistance in evacuating personnel when the ship was abandoned. In the rough sea and dark night it was difficult for any of the men to hold on to a raft or support to keep one's head above water. Your son, however, gave his life jacket to a wounded man in his care and supported him until he himself lacked strength to remain afloat. It was a very noble and unselfish deed. His body was not recovered and the circumstances of the ship's loss prevented recovery of his personal effects.


The loss of your son is felt very profoundly by all of us who survived. As his commanding officer I have always known him to be diligent and cheerful in his work. His bravery and heroic actions were outstanding and in the best traditions of the naval service. I can only say that we share your sorrow and will always hold the memory of "Jay's" sacrifice in our hearts"


Very sincerely,

Commander, U. S. Navy
Former Commanding Officer


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