Bright, Mark Kenneth, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lodi, ca
Last Address
Anderson,Indiana

Casualty Date
Jul 17, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
WW II ACE: CREDITED WITH 9 ENEMY KILLS

   
Comments/Citation

NAVY CROSS

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, Junior Grade Mark Kenneth Bright (NSN: 0-103989), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), attached to the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces while deployed over Guadalcanal and Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Upon sighting an enemy force of eleven dive bombers about to enter upon a diving attack against transports and other surface vessels, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bright played an important role in an attack upon them which resulted in the destruction of nine of them, thereby breaking up the enemy attack and preventing the enemy from registering any hits upon their targets. He personally shot down two of the enemy bombers, one of them while in its dive before its bombs had been released. He also assisted in destroying two other planes which crashed under the combined fire of his guns and those of other friendly pilots. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 28 (1943)
Action Date: August 7, 1942
Service
: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighting Squadron 5 (VF-5)
Division: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3)

 

DISTINGUSHED FLYING CROSS

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Mark Kenneth Bright (NSN: 0-103989), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against enemy forces in the vicinity of the Palau Islands on 30 and 31 March 1944; near western New Guinea on 21 and 22 April 1944; in the vicinity of Truk Islands on 29 and 30 April 1944; as pilot of a carrier-based fighter plane. He led his division of fighters in repeated attacks against enemy positions in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, and by his own strafing attacks damaged two enemy destroyers, started fires on two enemy merchant ships, sank or set on fire eight small enemy craft, destroyed at least two enemy planes on the ground and damaged many others, and otherwise inflicted substantial damage on the enemy. His courage and skill was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 05323 (October 3, 1944)
Action Date: March 30 - April 30, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Torpedo Squadron 16 (VT-16)
   
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 Duty Stations
VF-5 Fighting Hell CatsUSS Saratoga (CV-3)VF-16 Pistol Packing AirdalesUSS Lexington (CV-16)
  1942-1942, 131X, VF-5 Fighting Hell Cats
  1942-1942, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-16 Pistol Packing Airdales
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  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 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Operation Reckless
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
DePauw University
  1937-1941, DePauw University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Enlisted in the V-5 Program Aviation Cadet
  Jan 03, 1941, Service entry date
  Nov 29, 2013, General Photos1
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  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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