Evans, William Robinson, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, VT-8
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Indianapolis, IN
Last Address
5019 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2020, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2020, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2020, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations
NAS Jacksonville FLVT-8USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1941-1941, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1941-1942, VT-8
  1941-1942, USS Hornet (CV-8)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
Wesleyan University
  1936-1940, Wesleyan University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 06, 1941, Commissioned as Ensign
  Mar 08, 2020, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the morning of 4 Jun 1942, the Hornet Air Group consisting of 59 aircraft took off from the flight deck of  USS Hornet (CV-8) to attack the Japanese Striking Force that was approaching Midway. Only Torpedo Squadron Eight's 15 Devastator torpedo planes found their targets. Attacking without protecting fighter cover, VT-8 was overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese fighter aircraft, but they continued their attack profiles until one by one they were shot down. ENS Evans and his radioman/gunner, Aviation Radioman Third Class Ross Eugene Bibb did not return.

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8)
Division: U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign William Robinson Evans, Jr. (NSN: 0-98626), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), attached to the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Ensign Evans resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attack against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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