Teats, Grant Wayne, 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, USS Hornet (CV-8)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Sheridan, OR

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Midway Islands
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesUSS Hornet AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1942, USS Hornet Association [Verified]
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FLNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VT-8
USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1940-1940, Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FL
  1940-1940, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1941-1942, 131X, VT-8
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
 Colleges Attended 
Oregon State University
  1936-1940, Oregon State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                                       FINAL DUTY STATION

When the war began, Teats left for Pensacola for training as a naval aviator, eventually landing a spot with one of the most famous (or infamous) torpedo squadrons of the entire war...Squadron 8 or VT-8. 

Led by brilliant, afraid-of-nothing Lieutenant Commander John C. Waldron of South Dakota, Squadron 8's 16 torpedo planes took off from the carrier USS Hornet on the morning of June 4, 1942, to locate and attack the entire Japanese Fleet in an engagement that marked the beginning of the pivotal Battle of Midway.


Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded

Details behind Award:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Grant W. Teats (0-098722), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Ensign Teats resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attack against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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