Ingersoll, Royal R., II, LT

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1941-1942, USS Hornet (CV-8)
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1934 - 1942

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Manila, PI

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Hornet (CV-8)
  1930-1934, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1934-1937, USS California (BB-44)
  1937-1941, USS Cassin (DD-372)
  1941-1942, USS Hornet (CV-8)
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  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
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Royal Rodney Ingersoll, II, the grandson of Admiral Rodney R. Ingersoll and son of Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, was born at Manila, P.I., 17 December 1913.After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1934, he served in California, Cassin, and other ships during the thirties, and reported on board carrier Hornet during her fitting out period in 1941. Lieutenant Ingersoll served in Hornet during the critical early months of the Pacific war. In the great Battle of Midway 4 to 6 June 1942, in which the U.S. fleet decisively turned back the Japanese threat to the Hawaiian Islands, he was killed at his battle station by machine gun fire from an American fighter plane that had just crash landed on Hornet's flight deck.

The  following is an excerpt from the after action report on the Battle of Midway from Hornet's CO, CAPT Mark Mitscher:

"Very little was seen by this ship of the enemy attacks on the Yorktown. At 1410, enemy torpedo planes were reported to be attacking Task Force 17, which was almost hull down on the horizon to the northwestward. Many anti-aircraft bursts were clearly visible, and at least 3 planes were seen to fall in flames. Heavy columns of dark smoke soon rose from the direction of the Yorktown. Commander Task Force 17 and Portland plain language despatches reporting the air attack were intercepted shortly thereafter. During the attack VF-8 fighters shot down three enemy Zeroes and two dive bombers; one VF-8 plane was shot down. Yorktown planes were noted approaching this ship to land and one section of VSBs was, for a short while, thought to be enemy VTB. One Yorktown fighter plane, whose pilot was wounded in the foot, crash-landed aboard. He had not cut his gun switch. Upon crashing, all six of his machine guns commenced firing in the direction of the island and continued firing for about 2 seconds. .50 caliber bullets sprayed the after end of the island, killing the after 5-inch gun control officer, Lieutenant R.R. Ingersoll, U.S.N., (son of Vice Admiral Ingersoll), and 4 enlisted men, and wounding 20 others, the majority of whom were in Battle II behind one-inch especially hardened armor plate. The bullets penetrated not only this armor plate but also penetrated a 1/4" steel I-beam."
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