Pichette, Norman, SA

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Seaman Apprentice
Primary Unit
1942-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Service Years
1941 - 1942

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Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway1
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
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The Battle of Midway had ended with a stunning American victory. However, USS Yorktown was mortally wounded and listing at about 25 degrees. Salvage attempts were underway; there were DDs, a minesweeper and fleet tug around her.


This is from “Miracle at Midway,” Gordon W. Prange, p. 329:


“Daylight had just gushed over the horizon when a rattle of machine-gun fire from Yorktown startled the destroyermen. Lieutenant Commander Donald J. Ramsey, the skipper of Hughes, sent over a detachment to investigate. Much to their surprise, they found Seaman Second Class Norman M. Pichette, suffering from severe abdominal wounds resulting from shrapnel. Despite his painful injuries, Pichette had the raw courage to pull himself up three decks and the presence of mind to do the one thing sure to attract attention- fire a machine gun toward the destroyer.


“The boarding party hurried him to Hughes, where he gasped out that another wounded seaman had been left for dead in Yorktown’s sick bay. Back went the search party and found Seaman First Class George K. Weise, unconscious from a fractured skull. Pichette’s noble effort was his last, for he perished and was buried at sea on June 7, but he had saved his shipmate, who eventually recovered.”

Norman Pichette was a Seaman Second Class (S2C), USNR. He enlisted on 8 Sept. 1941. 

The Navy Commendation Medal was awarded to Sea2C Pichette on 23 Feb 1968.
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