Valencia, Jr., Eugene, 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
1958-1960, 131X, VF(AW)-3
Service Years
1941 - 1962
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Decommissioning
Iwo Jima
Commander Commander

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
San Francisco

Date of Passing
Sep 15, 1972
 
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Died. Eugene A. Valencia, 51, World War II Navy air ace; of a heart attack; in San Antonio, where he was attending a convention of American Fighter Aces. In 1945, Lieut. Valencia led a four-man team that destroyed 50 airborne Japanese planes in a three-month period without suffering any losses or damage. He was personally credited with bagging a record 7½ planes in a single day, scored a total of 23 kills, and was awarded the Navy Cross for his action in the South Pacific.
   
Other Comments:
The US Navy's third highest scoring fighter ace with 23 aerial victories against the Japanese.

In the critical years 1943 and 1944, the Hellcat ruled the skies of the Western Pacific. Lt. Eugene Valencia, one of the Navy's top pilots, quipped: "I love this airplane so much, that if it could cook, I'd marry it."
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Essex (CV-9)VF-9 Cat O NineNAS PascoUSS Lexington (CV-16)
USS Yorktown (CV-10)VF(AW)-3
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1943-1945, 131X, VF-9 Cat O Nine
  1944-1944, 131X, NAS Pasco
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1945-1945, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-10)
  1958-1960, 131X, VF(AW)-3
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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