Cross, Frederick Cushing, Jr., 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
1943-1943, 131X, USS Card (CVE-11)
Service Years
1941 - 1943
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Lost at Sea.
Memorial: South Cemetery
Lunenburg, Worcester County

Casualty Date
Aug 07, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
North Atlantic Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, North Atlantic Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2014, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments - StaffUS NavyUSS Card (CVE-11)
  1941-1941, Advance Flight Training, NAS Corpus Cristi
  1941-1941, NAS Deland, FL
  1942-1943, 131X, Fleet Air Wing 9-1
  1942-1943, 131X, VB-128 Fleets Finest
  1943-1943, 131X, USS Card (CVE-11)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 Submarine War Patrols
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Yale University
  1936-1940, Yale University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 07, 1943, Biography: Frederick Cushing Cross, Jr.3
  Aug 07, 2012, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
WWII Navy Cross
July 8, 1917 - August 7, 1943 (aged 26)


Frederick Cushing Cross, Jr., born 8 July 1917 in Lunenburg, Mass., enlisted in the Naval Reserve 22 March 1941, and after aviation training was ordered to a bombing squadron at DeLand, Fla. Lieutenant (junior grade) Cross was killed in action 7 August 1943 during an engagement with an enemy submarine. Although he was mortally wounded and his plane had a shattered starboard engine, he continued to attack the submarine, then made a perfect water landing, thus saving the lives of his copilot and radio operator. For his outstanding courage and indomitable fighting spirit, Lieutenant (junior grade) Cross was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Navy citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to Frederick C. Cross, Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service as Pilot of a Navy PV-1 airplane in Bombing Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (VB-128), Fleet Air Wing NINE, United States Atlantic Fleet, during an engagement with an enemy submarine on 7 August 1943. Although he sustained mortal wounds and his aircraft's starboard engine was shattered by a direct hit during the approach to a hostile submarine, Lieutenant (j.g.) Cross, undeterred by his extremely painful injuries and the hazards of concentrated enemy gunfire, pressed home an aggressive attack, dropping his depth bombs in a stick across the ship's bow and possibly damaging the undersea craft. After struggling in vain to maintain flight, he succeeded in effecting a perfect water landing, thus enabling his co-pilot and radio operator to survive and subsequently to attain safety. Lieutenant (j.g.) Cross' outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

The Loomis Institute graduate, Class of 1936


USS CROSS (DE-448) was 1aunched 4 July 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. D. F. Cross, mother of the late Lieutenant (junior grade) Cross, USNR; and commissioned 8 January 1945, Lieutenant H. L. Minshall, Jr., USNR, in command.

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