Eldridge, John, Jr., 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
1941-1942, 131X, USS Wasp (CV-7)
Service Years
1927 - 1942
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1903
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Buckingham, VA
Last Address
Norfolk, VA

Casualty Date
Nov 02, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

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


 Tributes from Members  
Namesake ~ USS Eldridge DE-173 posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
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Naval Aviator Wings

 
 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Mississippi (BB-41)VS-71 Fighting 71'sUSS Wasp (CV-7)
  1929-1929, 111X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1934-1935, 111X, USS Mississippi (BB-41)
  1940-1942, 131X, VS-71 Fighting 71's
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Wasp (CV-7)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Air Attack on Malta
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1923-1927, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 12, 1923, Appointed to US Naval Academy
  Jun 30, 1930, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 30, 1934, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Oct 05, 2016, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
From 11 September 1941, he was Commanding Officer, Scouting Squadron 71 aboard USS WASP (CV 7). The USS Wasp Was sunk Sept 15, 1942.  After USS Wasp was sunk he was assigned to Henderson Field and flew with a small group of aviators defended against Japanese forces at Guadalcanal. He was killed in action in the Area around the Solomon Islands on 2 November 1942.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross x2
Year Awarded
1942
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander John Eldridge, Jr. (NSN: 0-61105), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane and Commanding Officer of Scouting Squadron SEVENTY-ONE (VS-71), attached to the U.S.S. WASP (CV-7), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 7 to 8 August 1942. Leading the first dive-bombing attack against hostile positions on the islands of Gavutu and Tanambogo, Lieutenant Commander Eldridge, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own safety, personally destroyed Japanese gun emplacements in front of the Marine Landing Area on Gavutu Island, thereby making possible a successful landing in that area. His proficient skill and timely effectiveness in directing the bombing of enemy gun positions, stores and dugouts, contributed materially to the seizure of the islands and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 25 (January 16, 1943)
Action Date: August 7 - 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Squadron: Scouting Squadron 71 (VS-71)
Ship: U.S.S. Wasp (CV-7)


Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander John Eldridge, Jr. (NSN: 0-61105), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron SEVENTY-ONE (VF-71), attached to the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area during the period 5 through 14 October 1942. Landing in an early morning flight against a Japanese seaplane base at Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel Island on 5 October, Lieutenant Commander Eldridge launched a vigorous attack, inflicting considerable damage on enemy float planes and anti-aircraft emplacements in spite of extremely adverse weather conditions. Returning to Guadalcanal after being rescued from a forced landing, he led several daring scout-bombing attacks against enemy ships, causing fires and, in one known instance, sinking a Japanese destroyer. His expert airmanship and outstanding devotion to duty contributed materially to the defense of our positions in this area.
General Orders: Commander Southern Pacific Forces: Serial 648 (February 26, 1943)
Action Date: October 5 - 14, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron 71 (VF-71)
Division: U.S.S. Wasp (CV-7)

   
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