Massey, Lance Edward, 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
1942-1942, 131X, VT-3 Torpedo Squadron Three
Service Years
1930 - 1942
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Brookside Cemetery - Watertown, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lot # 30 Section K (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Lance Edward Massey (NSN: 0-63292), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron THREE (VT-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Lieutenant Massey led his squadron in a Torpedo Plane assault against Japanese naval units, in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition. He pressed home his attack to a point where it became relatively certain that in order to fulfill his mission he would probably sacrifice his life. Undeterred by the grave possibilities of such a hazardous offensive, he carried on, with extreme disregard for his own personal safety, until his squadron scored direct hits on two enemy aircraft carriers. His self sacrificing gallantry and fortitude were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Action Date: 4-Jun-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Torpedo Squadron 3 (VT-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)
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Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Texas (BB-35)School Assignments - StaffVS-3USS Lexington (CV-2)
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVO-3US NavyTraining Squadron Six (VT-6) Shooters
USS Enterprise (CV-6)USS Yorktown (CV-5)VT-3 Torpedo Squadron Three
  1930-1931, 110X, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1931-1932, 131X, Naval Aviation Schools
  1932-1935, 131X, VS-3
  1932-1935, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1935-1936, 131X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1936-1940, 131X, VO-3
  1937-1940, 131X, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1940-1940, 131X, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1941-1942, 131X, Training Squadron Six (VT-6) Shooters
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1942, 131X, VT-3 Torpedo Squadron Three
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Other News, Events and Photographs
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  Jun 06, 2014, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2012, World War II Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
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