Galt, Dwight, LT

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1943-1945, VF-31 The Meataxes

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Lieutenant (jg) Dwight Beebe Galt:

Navy Ace with 5 Aerial Victories to his credit.

Born in Hyattsville, Maryland on March 31, 1920

He took his flight training at NAS Pensecola and NAS Opa Locka Florida.  After graduation on January 5, 1943 he received his commission as an Ensign.

On May 1, 1943 Ens. Galt was attached to the newly formed Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) under the command of Lt. Cmd. Robert Winston at NAS Atlantic City New Jersey.  He served with VF-31 on board the USS Cabot from January 1944 through October 1944. During his tour of duty aboard USS Cabot he became a Naval Ace downing 5 enemy aircraft.


Engagements flown in which Lieutenant (jg) Galt shot down enemy aircraft:

Medals Awarded to Lieutenant (jg) Galt while serving with VF-31

  • Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Gold Star in lieu of 2nd Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Air Medal
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Galt, Dwight Beebe (Jr.)

b. 31 Mar 1920 - d. 21 Mar 1996 75 yrs. R67/217
Washington Post, April 3, 1996

Dwight B. Galt Jr.
Senate Official

Dwight B. Galt Jr., 75, a Placida, Fla., resident who had worked for the Daily Digest of the Senate for 29 years before retiring in 1978 as its editor, died March 21 at a hospital in Venice, Fla. He had lymphoma.

Mr. Galt, who moved to Florida in 1978, was born in Hyattsville and attended the University of Maryland.

He served in the Pacific during World War II, flying F6F Hellcat fighters from the carrier Cabot.

His wife, Bettie, died in 1986. Survivors include a son, Dwight III, of Silver Spring; two daughters, Deborah H.G. Vahle of White Plains, Md., and Kathryn Galt of Alexandria; and eight grandchildren.

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USS Cabot (CVL-28)VF-31 The Meataxes
  1943-1945, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1943-1945, VF-31 The Meataxes
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
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University of Maryland at Baltimore
  1937-1940, University of Maryland at Baltimore
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