Wakeham, J Donald, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, VB-10
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stockton, CA
Last Address
Anaheim, California

Casualty Date
Nov 14, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
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Last Known Activity

LTJG was assigned to Bombing Squadron 10 (VB-10) aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6). He took off from the carrier on November 14, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. He never returned to the ship. He was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to J. Donald Wakeham, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron TEN (VB-10), embarked from the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), in action against the enemy on 14 November 1942, while deployed in the Solomon Islands. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: May 24, 1919 at Stockton, California
Home Town: Anaheim, California

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLUSS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Lexington (CV-2)VB-10
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1941, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1941-1942, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1942-1942, VB-10
  1942-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jan 30, 2019, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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