Bridget, Francis Joseph, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 131X, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1917 - 1944

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
San Francisco, CA

Casualty Date
Dec 15, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Drowned, Suffocated
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
COMPATWING 10 (CPW-10)Prisoner of War
  1939-1942, 131X, COMPATWING 10 (CPW-10)
  1942-1944, 131X, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1941-1944 World War II
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1917-1921, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Francis Joseph Bridget, USN
Born in Washington, D.C. on 2 August 1897, Francis Joseph Bridget graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1921. He was designated a Naval Aviator on 13 April 1929. He was serving on the staff of Commander, Patrol Wing 10 when the Japanese attacked the Philippines on 8 December 1941.
Jan 23, 1942
Japanese force lands on southwest coast of the Bataan peninsula; local Army commander inserts naval battalion of Sailors and Marines (Commander Francis J. Bridget) into the battle as a stopgap. It blocks enemy progress. Motor torpedo boat PT-34 is damaged in action with a Japanese armed launch while on patrol off the Bataan Peninsula.

Jan 24, 1942
Naval battalion (Commander Francis J. Bridget) drives Japanese troops back to Longoskawayan and Quinauan Points on the Bataan Peninsula.

Killed 15 Dec 44 when a Japanese prison ship in which he was embarked was sunk off Olongapo, Philippine Islands.

Awarded Navy Cross and Legion of Merit.

Captain Bridget was awarded the Navy Cross for his efforts in organizing defensive operations against the invading Japanese forces in the Marevelis Area of the Philippine Islands in December 1941. Taken prisoner in this action, he was later awarded (posthumously) the Legion of Merit for his gallantry in caring for his fellow prisoners aboard a Japanese prison ship which was sunk off Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands on December 15, 1944.

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