Crommelin, Richard Gunter, 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, VF-3 Tomcatters
Service Years
1938 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Plank Owner
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Montgomery
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 14, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Philippines
Conflict
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLUSS Yorktown (CV-5)VF-42 Green PawnsVF-3 Tomcatters
  1940-1940, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, 139X, VF-42 Green Pawns
  1942-1942, 131X, VF-3 Tomcatters
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1934-1938, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
warded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Richard Gunter Crommelin (NSN: 0-81127), 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 FORTY-TWO (VF-42), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. As leader of a section of the combat air patrol on 7 May, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Crommelin conducted a determined and decisive attack against an enemy Japanese four-engine patrol plane which resulted in the destruction of that plane, thereby preventing the detection of our forces by the enemy. His aggressive spirit of fearlessness in facing great odds to make eight successive attacks against six enemy fighters attacking our surface forces and harassing our anti-Torpedo Plane patrol resulted in the destruction of two enemy fighters and severe damage to several others. His conduct in these engagements was characterized by unusual leadership, prompt and sound judgment in the accomplishment of his mission and a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

Action Date: May 7 & 8, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Company: Fighting Squadron 42 (VF-42)

Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)


Second Award

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Richard Gunter Crommelin (NSN: 0-81127), 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 THREE (VF-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Through his courage, skill and perseverance Lieutenant Crommelin played an important part in the disruption of a bombing attack directed against the U.S.S. YORKTOWN by a formation of eighteen Japanese dive bombers with fighter escort. Intercepting and vigorously attacking the fighters, he personally shot one down in flames and damaged another, thus helping prevent further damage to the other friendly craft engaged in breaking up the dive-bombing attack. The outstanding courage and determined skill displayed by Lieutenant Crommelin were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 4-Jun-42

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3)

Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)
   
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