Groves, Stephen William, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 131X, VF-8 Jolly Rogers
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
East Millinocket
Last Address
East Millinocket

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Newport, RINaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.USS Hornet (CV-8)
VF-8 Jolly Rogers
  1940-1940, 000X, Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1940-1941, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1941-1942, 131X, VF-8 Jolly Rogers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maine
  1935-1939, University of Maine
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Stephen W. Groves (0-099911), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron EIGHT (VF-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. With grim disregard for the hazardous consequence of his act, Ensign Groves plunged into aerial combat against a large group of enemy aircraft which was harassing our carriers. Contributing decisively to the disruption of threatening enemy formations, he pressed home a determined and vigorous counterattack against desperate odds until, finally overcome by sheer aerial superiority, he was shot down from the skies. By his courageous devotion to the fulfillment of a vastly important mission, he aided greatly in the victory achieved by our forces and conducted himself in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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