Isbell, Arnold Jay, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, USS Franklin (CV-13)
Service Years
1917 - 1945

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oto, IA
Last Address
3901 Jocelyn St
Washington, DC

Casualty Date
Mar 19, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
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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Last Known Activity

Before dawn on 19 March 1945, USS Franklin (CV-13), which had maneuvered to within 50 miles of the Japanese mainland, closer than any other U.S. carrier during the war, launched a fighter sweep against Honshū and later a strike against shipping in Kobe Harbor. Suddenly, a single aircraft – possibly a Yokosuka D4Y "Judy" dive bomber, though other accounts suggest an Aichi D3A "Val", also a dive bomber – pierced the cloud cover and made a low level run on the ship to drop two semi-armor-piercing bombs. One bomb struck the flight deck centerline, penetrating to the hangar deck, causing destruction and igniting fires through the second and third decks, and knocking out the Combat Information Center and air plot. The second hit aft, tearing through two decks. Franklin was dead in the water, without radio communications, and broiling in the heat from enveloping fires. Many of the crew were blown overboard, driven off by fire, killed or wounded, but the hundreds of officers and enlisted who voluntarily remained saved their ship.

CAPT Isbell was killed in action and buried at sea.

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Card (CV-11)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 326 (May 1944)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Captain Arnold Jay Isbell (NSN: 0-56866), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. CARD (CV-11) and as an anti-submarine task group commander from 27 July until 9 November 1943. Captain Isbell welded the planes and escort destroyers in his command into a powerful combat force, seeking out the enemy relentlessly and striking with sustained drive. He achieved a notable record in submarine sinkings.

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 Duty Stations
US NavyNAS PensacolaUSS Langley (CV-1)USS Lexington (CV-2)
Bureau of OrdnanceUSS Ranger (CV-4)USS Saratoga (CV-3)VP-54 Black Cats
USS Card (CVE-11)COMTENTHFLTUSS Franklin (CV-13)
  1920-1922, USS Melville (AD-2)
  1922-1923, USS Burns (DM-11)
  1923-1924, NAS Pensacola
  1924-1925, USS Aroostook (CM-3)
  1925-1925, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1925-1926, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1928-1929, Naval Gun Factory, Washington Navy Yard
  1929-1931, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1932-1933, Bureau of Ordnance
  1934-1934, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1934-1936, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1936-1937, USS Wright (AV-1)
  1937-1939, NAS Pensacola
  1939-1941, VP-54 Black Cats
  1942-1943, NAS Sitka, AK
  1943-1944, USS Card (CVE-11)
  1944-1945, COMTENTHFLT
  1945-1945, USS Franklin (CV-13)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Antisubmarine Operations 15 June 1942 to 2 September 1945
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1917-1920, United States Naval Academy2
  1926-1928, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 05, 1923, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jun 15, 1926, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 30, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 20, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 05, 1946, NAMESAKE - USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)8
  Oct 01, 1959, Arnold J. Isbell Trophy2
  Apr 19, 2019, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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