Vraciu, Alexander, CDR

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1958, 131X, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
Service Years
1941 - 1964
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Decommissioning
Order of the Golden Dragon
Tailhook
Cold War
Commander
Commander

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
East Chicago, Indiana
Last Address
Danville, California

Date of Passing
Jan 29, 2015
 
Location of Interment
Oakmont Memorial Park - Lafayette, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Alex Vraciu was born on November 2, 1918, in East Chicago, Illinois. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University in 1941, and he received his private pilot's license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1940. Vraciu enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Navy on June 24, 1941, and began flight training on October 9, 1941. He was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator on August 28, 1942, and then completed fighter and carrier training before joining VF-3 (later redesignated VF-6) in March 1943. Lt Vraciu was credited with the destruction of 9 enemy aircraft in aerial combat before transferring to VF-16 in February 1944. He then destroyed an additional 10 enemy aircraft before returning to the U.S. in July 1944, for a total of 19 aircraft destroyed and 1 damaged during World War II. Lt Vraciu joined VF-20 in November 1944, but was shot down in the Philippines in December and joined up with guerrilla forces, reaching friendly lines in February 1945. He then served as a text pilot at NATC Patuxent River, Maryland, from April to September 1945, followed by service on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air at the Pentagon from September 1945 to October 1951. During this time, he helped start and implement the Naval and Marine Air Reserve Program. His next assignment was at NAS Los Alamitos, California, from November 1951 to March 1954, and he then completed U.S. Naval General Line School before serving as Communications Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-12) from December 1954 to February 1956. CDR Vraciu served as Commanding Officer of VF-51 from March 1956 to January 1958, followed by service as Officer in Charge of ATU-202 at NAAS Kingsville, Texas, from February 1958 to January 1961. His final assignment was as Assistant Operations Officer for the Commander of Carrier Division THREE from February 1961 until his retirement from the Navy on December 31, 1963.

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US Navy High Individual Aerial Gunnery Award - 1957
   
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 Duty Stations
NAS Glenview ILUS NavyNAS DallasSchool Assignments - Staff
NAS Melbourne, AUSNAS North IslandVF-6 TomcattersUSS Independence (CVL-22)
USS Intrepid (CV-11)VF-16 Pistol Packing AirdalesUSS Enterprise (CV-6)VF-20 Fighting 20
USS Lexington (CV-16)NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)USS Hornet (CV-12)VF-51 Screaming Eagles
  1941-1941, 110X, NAS Glenview IL
  1941-1941, 110X, NTS Great Lakes, IL
  1941-1941, 110X, NAS Dallas
  1941-1942, 137X, Primary Flight Training, NAS Corpus Cristi, TX
  1942-1942, 137X, NAS Melbourne, AUS
  1942-1942, 137X, USS Wolverine (IX-64)
  1942-1943, 131X, NAS North Island
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Independence (CVL-22)
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1944-1944, 131X, VF-16 Pistol Packing Airdales
  1944-1944, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1944-1945, 131X, VF-20 Fighting 20
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1945-1951, 131X, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1951-1955, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1956-1958, 131X, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)1
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)2
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea2
  1944-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
DePauw University
  1937-1941, DePauw University1
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