Reid, Beverly William, ENS

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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, VF-6 Tomcatters
Service Years
1935 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Orleans, LA
Last Address
2819Laurel Ave
New Orleans, LA

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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ENS Reid was assigned to VF-6 aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6). He took off from the ship on August 24, 1942. He flew one of the 27 VF-6 planes scrambled for the CAP over TF 17, and, as one of two pilots listed as missing, was probably shot down by a Zero in the ensuing action. ENS Reid was presumed missing in action. His remains were unrecoverable. On August 25, 1943 he was presumed killed in action.

Service numbers: Enlisted - 2742159   Officer - 137130

Navy Cross
Awarded for Action During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Fighting Squadron 6 (VF-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 310 (January 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign [then Machinist] Beverly W. Reid (NSN: 0-137130), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron SIX (VF-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. As a member of a combat patrol on 4 June, Machinist Reid sighted two enemy torpedo planes approaching the U.S.S. YORKTOWN. With bold aggressiveness and extreme disregard for his own personal safety, he intercepted and shot down the first craft, then pressed home his attack against the second until his persistent fire had rendered sufficient damage to cause the plane to burst into flames. Again, on 6 June, as a member of an attack group, he defied a tremendous barrage of concentrated anti-aircraft fire to strafe an enemy destroyer at close range and inflict considerable damage upon that vessel. His superb initiative and expert airmanship contributed materially to the success of our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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 Duty Stations
USS Lexington (CV-2)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVT-3 Red KnightsUSS Saratoga (CV-3)
VP-23 Sea HawksVF-2 Tall DogsVF-6 TomcattersUSS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1935-1938, AMM-0000, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1938-1939, AMM-0000, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1939-1941, AMM-0000, VT-3 Red Knights
  1939-1941, AMM-0000, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1941-1941, AMM-0000, VP-23 Sea Hawks
  1941-1942, CWO, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1941-1942, CWO, VF-2 Tall Dogs
  1942-1942, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1942-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Wake Island
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marcus Island Raid
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 12, 1939, Designated as an Enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP)
  Mar 21, 1942, Promoted to CWO - Machinist
  Jun 15, 1942, Commissioned as Ensign
  Feb 02, 2019, General Photos1
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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