Dexter, James Campbell, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 131X, VB-6
Service Years
1937 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Seattle, WA

Casualty Date
Jul 19, 1942
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments - StaffAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VS-6USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1939-1939, 139X, Naval Flight School
  1941-1941, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1941-1942, 131X, VS-6
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1942, 131X, VB-6
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
TF-16 crossed the equator at midday on 19 July, (1942) but the line-hardened Enterprise dispensed with ceremony. Late the next afternoon 10 miles west of the ships, Ens. James C. Dexter of VB-6, (VB-6 was flying SBD-3's at the time) a Midway veteran, towed a gunnery sock for eighteen F4Fs and six other SBDs. Somehow he became disoriented and flew away from the ships. Kinkaid broke radio silence to try to make contact, but even if Dexter copied the messages, he did not use his radio. He evidently tried for the nearest land, the Phoenix Islands, but he and his radioman were never found.

Source: John B. Lundstrom's The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign, Naval Institute Press, 1994, p. 27.
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