Jaccard, Richard Alonzo, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, VB-6
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Troy, MO
Last Address
1611 Laromie St
Manhatten, KS

Casualty Date
Sep 15, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
On September 16, 1942 (because of the dateline, it is also considered Sept 15th) exhausted from the flying schedule, and having just landed aboard the USS Wasp, Ensign Jaccard was in his quarters when the Wasp was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-19. He is presumed to have been killed instantly. Given that pilots quarters were on the hull, his quarters were probably just over the blast. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service numbers: Enlisted - 4113006   Officer - 099665

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign Richard Alonzo Jaccard (NSN: 0-99665), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Ensign Jaccard, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. His gallant perseverance and utter disregard for his own personal safety were important contributing factors to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Duty Stations
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS PensacolaUSS Enterprise (CV-6)
VS-6USS Wasp (CV-7)VB-6
  1940-1941, S2c-0000, Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Kansas City, MO
  1941-1941, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1942, NAS Pensacola
  1942-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1942, VS-6
  1942-1942, USS Wasp (CV-7)
  1942-1942, VB-6
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
 Colleges Attended 
Kansas State University
  1938-1940, Kansas State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 16, 1941, Commissioned as Ensign
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
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