Edwards, Thomas Elbert, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 131X, VF-35 Grim Reapers
Service Years
1937 - 1943
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wichita Falls
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 30, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cenotaph

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 Duty Stations
VF-2 Bounty HuntersUSS Lexington (CV-2)USS Enterprise (CV-6)VS-2
VF-35 Grim Reapers
  1938-1942, 131X, VF-2 Bounty Hunters
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1942-1943, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1943, 131X, VS-2
  1943-1943, 131X, VF-35 Grim Reapers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Thomas Edwards graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1937. He was declared missing in action after a mission during the Battle of Rennell Island on January 30, 1943.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1942
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Thomas Elbert Edwards (NSN: 0-78719), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron TWO (VS-2), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. With Participating in a dive-bombing attack on an enemy aircraft carrier on 7 May, Lieutenant Edwards contributed materially to the destruction of the vessel by pressing home his attack with skill and determination. On 8 May he launched repeated counterattacks against Japanese aircraft in the face of heavy fighter opposition. His conspicuous devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: May 7 & 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Scouting Squadron 2 (VS-2)
Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)


 
Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1942
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Thomas Elbert Edwards (NSN: 0-78719), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Guadalcanal Area on 15 November 1942. Despite a serous knee injury, Lieutenant Edwards finally gained permission to leave the Army Hospital at Nouema in order to return to his Squadron. Gallantly leading his flight against Japanese fighter planes and with utter disregard for his own personal safety, he destroyed one enemy fighter and damaged two others, thereby contributing in great part to repelling a bombing raid. Following this action he returned to his base, re-serviced, and immediately took off again in quest of the enemy, later voluntarily strafing enemy positions west of Henderson Field. His personal valor, skillful leadership, and aggressive fighting spirit were an inspiration to all the pilots based on Guadalcanal and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 15-Nov-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
   
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