MATTSON, Edward, LCDR

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, VF-8 Jolly Rogers
Service Years
1935 - 1944
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
St. Paul
Last Address
Edward Duran Mattson
Place of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota
Home of record: Deerwood, Minnesota

Date of Passing
Nov 22, 1983
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


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Last Known Activity

Edward Duran Mattson

 
USS YORKTOWN CV-5, Battle of the Coral Sea
The air-to-air action was sustained and violent. Veteran strike leader Commander Takahashi would not return from this fight. When Lt. (j.g.) Duran Mattson landed his Wildcat after this action his crew found the Grumman fighter riddled with 21 shell holes from 20mm cannon fire and countless machine-gun bullet holes. The battle of Midway woud be next. VF-3 Line up at Midway:  4th Division, Bu No 5153 - Side No 21; pilot - Lt ED Mattson; call sign Scarlet 21. The USS Yorktown CV-5 sunk during the Battle of Midway, 7 June 1942.


USS YORKTOWN AIR CREWS
After Midway, most of the remaining VF-3/42 pilots and their planes went over to USS Hornet to replace that ship’s VF-8 losses (ten of the VF-8 fighters ditched in the open sea due to, charitably, navigation errors. Thach commanded the new organization, called VF-3-42-8. The USS Hornet CV-8 sunk in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, (Solomon Islands) 27 October 1942.


 
 
Navy Cross
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 Lieutenan
t Edward Duran Mattson (NSN: 0-82774), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron THREE (VF-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. While flying combat patrol over our surface ships, Lieutenant Mattson led his wingman in aggressive attacks against a large formation of Japanese dive bombers and fighters. Although coming under fire of an enemy fighter, he pressed home his attack with courageous skill and determination until he succeeded in shooting down one Japanese dive bomber, thereby contributing greatly to the frustration of the enemy's offensive. His gallant initiative and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 4-Jun-42
Service: NavyRank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)


Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Edward Duran Mattson (NSN: 0-82774), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FORTY-TWO (VF-42), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against the enemy from 5 to 8 May 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea. In company with three other fighters on 5 May, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Mattson participated in a prompt and resolute attack against an enemy four-engine patrol bomber with the result that the bomber was quickly shot down and the detection of our forces by the enemy was prevented. On 7 May, as part of a fighter escort, he provided protection from enemy aircraft for our scout bombers throughout their attack on an enemy Japanese carrier in the Coral Sea, enabling our forces to successfully attack and sink that vessel. Again, while on combat air patrol protecting our own forces in the Coral Sea on 8 May, he braved punishing machine gun and cannon fire to press home an aggressive attack against four enemy fighters attacking our forces and succeeded in dispersing them. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Mattson's conduct throughout these engagements was marked by skill, determination and complete disregard for his own personal safety.

Action Date: May 5 - 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighting Squadron 42 (VF-42)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)

   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Yorktown (CV-5)VF-42 Green PawnsVF-3 Tomcatters
USS Hornet (CV-8)VF-8 Jolly Rogers
  1935-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1940-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, VF-42 Green Pawns
  1942-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1942, VF-3 Tomcatters
  1942-1942, USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1942-1942, VF-8 Jolly Rogers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  May have had a son born in 1948
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