Crellin, Conrad Wesley, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Los Angeles, California

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVB-15US NavyNAS Barbers Point
USS Hornet (CV-12)USS Essex (CV-9)
  1942-1942, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1943-1944, 131X, VB-15
  1944-1944, 131X, NAAS Creeds, VA
  1944-1944, 131X, NAS Barbers Point
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Essex (CV-9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
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Last Known Activity

His aircraft was shot down over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 24 October 1944

Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Conrad Wesley Crellin (0-263694), Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 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 FIFTEEN (VB-15, embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 24 October 1944. In the face of intense and accurate antiaircraft fire from the whole enemy formation, under extremely hazardous combat conditions, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Crellin participated in a bombing attack on a Japanese battleship. Fearlessly maneuvering through withering hostile fire of all calibers, he pressed home his attack and, by his expert airmanship, obtained a direct hit which caused certain damage, before his plane crashed into the sea as a result of an accurate burst from hostile guns. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Crellin's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 342 (September 1945)
Born: September 21, 1922 at Wakefield, Nebraska
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart

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