Torrey, Philip Huston, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, VF-9 Cat O Nine
Service Years
1930 - 1944
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Long Beach, CA

Casualty Date
Feb 17, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: O S A14 (cenotaph)

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 Duty Stations
USS Essex (CV-9)VF-9 Cat O Nine
  1942-1944, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1943-1944, VF-9 Cat O Nine
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
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United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy2
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Last Known Activity
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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 Commander Philip Huston Torrey, Jr. (NSN: 0-73559), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane and Commander of Air Group NINE (AG-9), attached to the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action on 16 and 17 February 1944, while deployed over Truk in the Caroline Islands. On these dates, Lieutenant Commander Torrey coordinated and directed four strikes of the ESSEX and INTREPID Air Groups against the Japanese stronghold in Truk Atoll, Caroline Islands. These were the first strikes of World War II against this great keystone of the Japanese inner line of defenses. He skillfully employed the forces at his command in repeated attacks against enemy combatant ships, merchant shipping, airfields, grounded aircraft and base installations. Despite enemy fighter opposition and in the face of heavy, accurate anti-aircraft fire, these attacks were pressed home successfully and resulted in extensive damage to the enemy's naval and merchant shipping and base installations. He strafed such targets of opportunity as his paramount duties permitted. His leadership, planning, courage and individual actions contributed greatly to the success of this mission as a whole and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01892 (May 14, 1944)
Action Date: February 16 & 17, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Air Group 9 (AG-9)
Division: U.S.S. Essex (CV-9)
   
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