OVERTON, Edward, Jr., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1950-1963, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Service Years
1940 - 1946
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Home Town
Southbury, Ct.
Last Address
Annapolis, MD

Date of Passing
Sep 24, 2001
 
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"Ace" Navy Pilot Edward White Overton Jr.
Highly Decorated WWII Flier and CIA Officer
Awarded both the Navy Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross twice


LtCdr. OVERTON, EDWARD WHITE, JR.
During World War II, he was stationed in the Pacific theater as a Navy pilot and received two awards of the Navy Cross for extraordinary bravery while facing intense anti-aircraft fire. He also received two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight awards of the Air Medal.

 
Navy Cross (first award)
Awarded for actions during World War II 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant] Edward White Overton, Jr., United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Division Leader in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15, attached to the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 19 June 1944. Engaging the outnumbering enemy aerial groups closing our surface forces, Lieutenant Commander Overton pressed home his attacks and, skillfully maneuvering his plane in the face of intense enemy opposition, shot down two enemy fighters, an enemy dive bomber, probably destroyed two more enemy fighters and assisted in destroying, damaging or dispersing the remainder although his fuel tank was on fire and his plane badly damaged. Promptly assuming command when the squadron commander failed to return, he rendezvoused the remainder of our planes and then elected to stay in the area until darkness in order to search for missing pilots despite the proximity of an enemy airfield and the constant threat from hostile anti-aircraft fire. By his superb airmanship, fighting spirit and devotion to duty, he contributed essentially to the defense of our forces in the area and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander Fast Carrier Task Force: Serial 0280 (August 3, 1944) & Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Action Date: 19-Jun-44
Service: United States Naval Reserve 
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron 15 (VF-15)
Division: U.S.S. Essex (CV-9)
Born: May 24, 1920 at New York, New York
Home Town: Manhassett, Long Island, New York

 
Navy Cross (second award)
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander [then Lieutenant] Edward White Overton, Jr., 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 FIFTEEN (VF-15), attached to the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Undaunted by intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Commander Overton carried out an attack against major hostile fleet units, scoring a direct bomb hit on a Japanese battleship and contributing to the success of the mission. By his skill as an airman and devotion to duty throughout, Lieutenant Commander Overton upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0429 (December 16, 1944) & Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945)
Action Date: 25-Oct-44
Service: United States Naval Reserve 
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighting Squadron 15 (VF-15)
Division: U.S.S. Essex (CV-9)
Born: May 24, 1920 at New York, New York
Home Town: Manhassett, Long Island, New York

   
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 Duty Stations
USS Wasp (CV-7)School Assignments - StaffVF-15 Satans PlaymatesUSS Essex (CV-9)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  1940-1942, 135X, USS Wasp (CV-7)
  1943-1943, 139X, Flight Instructors School
  1944-1944, VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1944-1944, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1950-1963, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  AWARDS, NAVY CROSS x2, DFC x2, Air Medal x6
  Lt. Edward W. Overton, Jr. VF-15 5 kills
  USS ESSEX, WWII
  Jul 14, 2016, General Photos
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