Vandivier, Norman Francis, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1940-1942, VB-6
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Edwards, MS
Last Address
Franklin, Indiana

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Cemetery - Franklin, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

Early on the morning of 4 Jun 1942 aircraft of the USS Enterprise's (CV-6) air group six launched to attack the Japanese carrier striking force that was approaching the Midway atoll. VB-6 attacked the enemy Japanese Force scoring a number of direct and fatal hits on the enemy aircraft carriers. Of the fifteen dive bombers from VB-6 that took off from the Enterprise that morning only five survived the attack although six pilots and five gunners where rescued later. Enemy anti-aircraft fire and fuel exhaustion took the biggest toll on this squadron after the initial attacks. Ltjg John J. Van Buren and his gunner, ARM1 Harry W. Nelson, ran out of fuel and make a successful water landing according to witnesses. They entered their life raft but were never seen again. They were listed as missing in action as of 04 Jun 1942. Their remains were unrecoverable. On 5 Jun 1943 they were presumed dead.

Service number: 083280

Although most sources have Norman Vandivier listed as an Ensign, the Navy Registers show him as being promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade on 4/15/42.

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Bombing Squadron 6 (VB-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Norman Francis Vandivier (NSN: 0-83280), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-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. Defying extreme danger from concentrated anti-aircraft barrage and powerful fighter opposition, Ensign Vandivier, with bold determination and courageous zeal, led his squadron in dive-bombing assaults against Japanese naval units. Flying at a distance from his own forces which rendered return unlikely because of probable fuel exhaustion, he pressed home his attacks with extreme disregard for his own personal safety. His gallant intrepidity and loyal devotion to duty contributed greatly to the success of our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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From Ivan D. Lancaster posted by Short, Diane (Ruth, Harding), SA 5128 
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Grosse Ile, MI)
 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVB-6USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1939-1940, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1940-1942, VB-6
  1941-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
Franklin College
  1934-1938, Franklin College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 07, 1940, Commissioned as Ensign
  Apr 15, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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