Deede, LeRoy Clifford, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
6302-LDO Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, NAS North Sydney, Nova Scotia
Service Years
1937 - 1942
Lieutenant
Lieutenant

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Woodworth, ND
Last Address
1132 Famor St
Oakland, CA
(Mother~Mrs GJ Deede)

Casualty Date
Jun 17, 1942
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Australia
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section B Site 805

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  CRASH OF A DOUGLAS SBD-3 DAUNTLESS AT BANKSTOWN AIRFIELD ON 17 JUNE 1942
  USS Deede (DE-263)
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LeRoy Clifford Deede
WWII Naval Aviator - Distinguished Flying Cross

LeRoy Clifford Deede (born 5 February 1916 in Woodworth, North Dakota) was a United States Naval Reserve officer.

Deede enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 2 July 1937 and was appointed a Naval Aviator 21 September 1938. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his outstanding service while commanding a PBY during a bombing attack on a Japanese naval force in Jolo Harbor, Sulu, Philippine Islands, 27 December 1941. With his plane crippled after destroying an enemy plane which tried to down him, Deede crash landed at sea where he and his crew could be rescued.  On March 4 1942, LTjg Deede's PBY-4 BUAERO Number: 1237  of Patrol Wing 10, was destroyed during a Japanese bombing rad at Broome near the Swan river near Peth in Western Australia. Lieutenant (junior grade) Deede was killed 17 June 1942 in the Asiatic area.

 
CRASH OF A DOUGLAS SBD-3 DAUNTLESS
AT BANKSTOWN AIRFIELD ON 17 JUNE 1942

The War Diary of Commander,  Patrol Wing Ten [USN based on the Swan River near Perth, WA] says for Wednesday 17June 1942:-

"Lieutenant (jg) LeRoy C. Deede, A-V(N), U.S.N.R., Patrol Squadron One Hundred and One, while on an extended flight to Sydney, Australia, was reported killed at 1628 K, June 17, 1942 at the Bankstown Airdrome, Sydney, as the result of an aircraft accident. The cause of the accident was reported as engine failure of the SBD-3 plane which he was piloting, with a subsequent spin from 500 feet altitude."

 

   
Comments/Citation

LeRoy Clifford Deede was born on 5 February 1916 in Woodworth, N.D., to Mr. Gottlieb and Mrs. Marnie Deede in Stutaman County. LeRoy attended Medina High school and then earned his degree at Jamestown College majoring in Biology. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve as an Aviation Cadet on 2 July 1937 in Minneapolis, Minn. to begin Elimination Flight Training. Having completed his initial training he received orders on 6 October 1937 to Pensacola Naval Air Station. He completed his advanced flight training as a Naval Aviator on 21 September 1938. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his outstanding service while commanding a PBY during a bombing attack on a Japanese naval force in Jolo Harbor, Sulu, Philippine Islands, 27 December 1941. With his plane crippled after splashing an enemy plane which tried to down him Deede crash landed at sea where he and his crew could be rescued. Lieutenant (junior grade) Deede was killed 17 June 1942 returning to Bankstown Aerodrome in Sydney, Australia during an authorized flight. He was buried at Rockwood Cemetery in Sydney. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 June 1942 by a law enacted by President Roosevelt. His awards included the Silver Star (Army); Distinguished Flying Cross; Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal; and World War II Victory Medal.
 

 
Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
1965
Details behind Award:
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant LeRoy Clifford Deede (NSN: 0-79153), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Army Award) (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 306 (September 1942)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant


USS Deede (DE 263) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.  

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