Amussen, John Russell, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 131X, VB-14
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Contact Info
Home Town
Chevy Chase, MD
Last Address
Chevy Chase, MD

Date of Passing
May 19, 1945
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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NAS San DiegoUSS Wasp (CV-18)VB-14
  1943-1943, 131X, NAS San Diego
  1943-1945, 131X, USS Wasp (CV-18)
  1943-1945, 131X, VB-14
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 01, 1944, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
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Last Known Activity

LTJG Amussen was killed when his plane crashed during a trainging accident near Coronado, CA.
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Service number: 251002

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Bombing Squadron 14 (VB-14)
Division: U.S.S. Wasp (CV-18)
General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0583 (September 27, 1944)
CItation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade John Russell Amussen (NSN: 0-251003), 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 FOURTEEN (VB-14), attached to the U.S.S. WASP (CV-18), in action against the enemy Japanese Fleet in the vicinity of the East Philippine Sea on 20 June 1944. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Amussen's attack against an enemy fleet oiler was pressed home to a low altitude with determination and skill in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. He scored direct hits with his bombs and contributed heavily to the destruction of the enemy ship. During retirement his excellent airmanship and coolness were instrumental in frustrating enemy fighters which made repeated attacks against his division. While returning to his own forces, his fuel exhausted, he was forced to make a water landing in complete darkness. Both he and his aircrewman escaped injury and were eventually rescued. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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