DeLong, Edward Grover, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, USS Trabajador (tug)
Service Years
1933 - 1942
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
1915
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Springfield, SD
Last Address
32 Sherman St
Santa Cruz, CA
(Wife- Helen Ermine DeLong)

Casualty Date
Jul 02, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section: 8 Grave: 28-WH

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 Duty Stations
USS No Name (PT-31)MTB Squadron ThreeUS Navy
  1941-1942, USS No Name (PT-31)
  1942-1942, MTB Squadron Three
  1942-1942, USS Trabajador (tug)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of the Philippines
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Corregidor
 Colleges Attended 
South Dakota State UniversityUnited States Naval Academy
  1932-1933, South Dakota State University
  1933-1937, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  MTB RON 3(1)
  Aug 26, 1939, Married Helen Ris
  Dec 10, 1941, After Action Report
  Oct 25, 1947, Message from Department of the Navy
  Jul 02, 2014, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
During the fall of Corregidor, he was reported missing. It was reported that he was active with torpedp boat squadron in evacuation of  troops and civilians. According to evidence received. He had been Together with a fellow officer, was attempting to escape from Mindanao Island, Philippine Islands, in a native boat. They were captured in May of 1942 on the Island of Bangka, North Celebes, and were taken by the Japanese to Manado, where they were executed and buried in a common grave. He was killed in the garden of Lie Boen Yat, Saris Manado, the Celebes on 2 July 1942. 

He been a teacher at the Naval Gunnery School in California for five or 6 years, but had taken special instruction in misquito torpedo boat combat since the outbreak of the war and had been stationed in the Philiphines. 
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1942
 
Details behind Award:
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 Edward Grover DeLong (NSN: 0-27903), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while Commanding Motor Torpedo Boat THIRTY-ONE (PT-31), (Code Name Trabejdor), Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTB-3), in action against the enemy from 25 February 1942 through 10 April 1942, in the Philippine Islands. While exposed to frequent horizontal and dive bombing attacks by enemy Japanese air forces, Lieutenant DeLong directed the anti-aircraft battery of his ship and conducted operations of strategic importance in the Manila Bay area involving hazardous missions such as to bring great credit to his command and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: February 25 - April 10, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTB-3)
Division: Motor Torpedo Boat 31 (PT-31)


 
Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1942
 
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Edward Grover DeLong (NSN: 0-27903), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while Commanding Motor Torpedo Boat THIRTY-ONE (PT-31), (Code Name Trabejdor), Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTB-3), in action against the enemy while participating in a raid on 20 January 1942, in the Philippine Islands. Having grounded in Subic Bay as a result of engine failure due to gasoline sabotage, Lieutenant DeLong directed the transportation of his crew by night, through reef-studded water to the enemy shore, then, to prevent his vessel from falling into enemy hands, he destroyed the boat and torpedoes aboard and swam ashore. He and his party, armed only with three .45-caliber pistols, proceeded to a village, avoiding the enemy offensive against that village, and with Japanese soldiers within 200 yards of the beach, embarked in two bancas and made good their escape. When the bancas capsized in heavy seas and wind, with the men exhausted, Lieutenant DeLong, by his capable leadership, righted the bancas and so encouraged his men that without the aid of paddles or sails and by the use of boards alone, they continued to a point where they disembarked safely. Lieutenant DeLong's gallant actions and intrepid leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 311 (February 1943)
Action Date: 20-Jan-42
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTB-3)
Division: Motor Torpedo Boat 31 (PT-31)

 
   
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