Avery, John Elton, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kingston, PA
Last Address
147 Poplar St
Kingston, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
VB-15USS Essex (CV-9)USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1943-1944, 131X, VB-15
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 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 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 19, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
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 Ensign John Elton Avery (NSN: 0-315131), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIFTEEN (VB-15), attached to the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home his attack to low altitude in the face of accurate and intense anti-aircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Avery succeeded in scoring one of eight direct hits upon a Japanese aircraft carrier of CHITOSE class. Undaunted in the face of relentless, devastating anti-aircraft fire, he rendered gallant service during the bitterly fought engagement in which all carriers, a light cruiser and a destroyer of the enemy's task force were sunk and heavy bomb and torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and other important naval units. By his daring airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Avery contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 25-Oct-44
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Bombing Squadron 15 (VB-15)
Division: U.S.S. Essex (CV-9))
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