Wiltsie, Irving Day, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 131X, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Service Years
1921 - 1943
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1898
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hartford. CT
Last Address
474 W 238th St
Riverdale, New York

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 1943
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Torpedoed
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 2 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity
 
In the predawn darkness of 24 November 1943, a Japanese submarine, I-175, torpedoed Liscome Bay—the flagship of Rear Admiral Henry M. Mullinnix—and started fires among bombs and ammunition. Fed by aviation gasoline, the flames spread rapidly, and the carrier rocked with explosions. Wiltsie immediately left the bridge and proceeded along the starboard gallery deck level to ascertain the damage to his ship, as communications had been severed early-on. Despite the tremendous structural damage and raging fires, the captain bravely headed aft to determine the full extent of the damage. Damage control efforts failed, however, and the carrier sank soon thereafter, carrying the intrepid Wiltsie, Admiral Mullinix, and 644 officers and men down with her.

CAPT Wiltsie was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 057209

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Division:
U.S.S. Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 327 (June 1944)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Irving Day Wiltsie (NSN: 0-57209), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. LISCOME BAY (CVE-56), during operations at Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands on 24 November 1943. Captain Wiltsie's ship was struck by a Japanese torpedo in the predawn darkness, igniting fires among bombs and ammunition. Fed by aviation gasoline, the flames spread rapidly, and the carrier rocked with explosions. Captain Wiltsie immediately left the bridge and proceeded along the starboard gallery deck level to ascertain the damage to his ship, as communications had been severed early-on. Despite the tremendous structural damage and raging fires, the captain bravely headed aft to determine the full extent of the damage. Damage control efforts failed, however, and the carrier sank soon thereafter. The conduct of Captain Wiltsie throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Silver Star
Awarded for Actions During World War II
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 312 (March 1943)
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander Irving Day Wiltsie (NSN: 0-57209), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Navigator on board the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action during Battle of Midway, on 4 - 6 June 1942. Commander Wiltsie supplied air plot with such complete and accurate navigational information that the YORKTOWN Air Group units achieved complete success in making contact with their objectives; his expert control of the ship under the Captain's direction was responsible for avoiding two of the enemy's torpedoes. He also assumed the duties of Executive Officer when the latter was injured, and directed salvage operations. Commander Wiltsie's gallant actions and selfless devotion to duty, without regard for his own safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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USS Arizona (BB-39)US NavyUSS Raleigh (CL-7)NAS Pensacola
USS Texas (BB-35)NAS MinneapolisVB-3USS Saratoga (CV-3)
NAS San DiegoUSS Yorktown (CV-5)USS Albemarle (AV-5)Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)/Seattle WA
  1921-1922, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1922-1923, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1924-1924, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1924-1925, USS Cleveland (CL-21)
  1925-1927, NAS Pensacola
  1927-1927, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1927-1927, USS Memphis (CL-13)
  1927-1930, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1931-1933, NAS Pensacola
  1933-1935, USS Louisville (CA-28)
  1935-1937, NAS Minneapolis
  1937-1939, VB-3
  1937-1939, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1939-1941, NAS San Diego
  1941-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1943, 131X, USS Albemarle (AV-5)
  1943-1943, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP)/Seattle WA
  1943-1943, 131X, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
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  1917-1921, United States Naval Academy
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  Jun 03, 1921, Commissioned as Ensign
  Jun 03, 1927, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Nov 01, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 20, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 01, 1946, USS Wiltsie (DD-716) commissioned1
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