Bell, James Henry, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, VB-7
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elwood, IN
Last Address
4965 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA
(Wife~Denise Jean Surmogne- Bell)

Casualty Date
Oct 29, 1944
 
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
Wall of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Duty Stations
USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)VB-7
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
  1944-1944, 131X, VB-7
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Indiana University
  1937-1941, Indiana University1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Memorial Headstone in Elwood Cemetery, IN
  Aug 11, 1941, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 0-121468
  May 01, 1942, Commissioned Ensign
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Ltjg
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to LT1
  Nov 18, 2017, General Photos5
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1944
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 James Henry Bell (NSN: 0-121468), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Section Leader in Bombing Squadron SEVEN (VB-7), attached to the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Sulu Sea in the Philippine Islands, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Flying to extreme range from his carrier against major units of the fleet in the Philippine Islands area, Lieutenant Bell plunged to low altitude and pressed home his attack, despite intense anti-aircraft fire, in utter disregard of his own safety and scored a direct hit on an enemy battleship. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 01625 (December 4, 1944)
Action Date: October 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Air Squadron: Bombing Squadron 7 (VB-7)
Ship: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)

 

 
Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Year Awarded
1944
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II


The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant James Henry Bell (NSN: 0-121468), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Section Leader in Bombing Squadron SEVEN (VB-7) on 29 October 1944. In the face of intense anti-aircraft fire from cruisers, destroyers and shore batteries, in utter disregard of his own safety, he pressed home an attack on an enemy heavy cruiser in Manila Bay with coolness and determination, scoring a probable hit. His conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 
Action Date: October 29, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Bombing Squadron 7 (VB-7)
Division: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)

   
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