Van ANTWERP, Lloyd, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1956, 131X, NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR
Service Years
1936 - 1966
Rear Admiral Upper Half Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Born: Grand Rapids, MI. Hometown: Coronado, CA
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VAN ANTWERP, LLOYD W
RADM US NAVY
WORLD WAR II
DATE OF BIRTH: 09/14/1914
DATE OF DEATH: 11/09/1982
BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 426-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Date of Passing
Nov 09, 1982
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 11 Lot 426-B

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USS Lexington (CV-2)VT-2/VTB-2 (WW II)VT-18USS Intrepid (CV-11)
Carrier Air Group 14 (CAG-14)NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR
  1938-1938, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1938-1938, VT-2/VTB-2 (WW II)
  1939-1940, 630X, VT-2/VTB-2 (WW II)
  1939-1940, 630X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1943-1945, VT-18
  1943-1945, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1945-1946, 630X, Carrier Air Group 14 (CAG-14)
  1956-1956, 131X, NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR
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  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
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  LCDR LLOYD WILBERT VAN ANTWERP (Navy Cross, synopsis)1
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LLOYD WILBERT VAN ANTWERP
WWII Navy Cross (x2)
Lieutenant Commander, U.S.N.R.
Commanding Officer of VT-18, 1943-1945


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 Lieutenant Commander Lloyd Wilber Van Antwerp (NSN: 0-77725), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and leader of a division of eight carrier-based torpedo planes of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTEEN (VT-18), attached to the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in a torpedo attack on a large enemy carrier Task Force in the Philippine Sea, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. Against intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Commander Van Antwerp obtained one of three hits of a three-plane section drop on an enemy carrier, resulting in severely crippling damage. His leadership and timing of attack was largely responsible for all aircraft returning safely to base, although his own plane was afire from enemy flak during the entire course home. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0962 (January 15, 1945)
Action Date: 25-Oct-44
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Torpedo Squadron 18 (VT-18)
Division: U.S.S. Intrepid (CV-11)



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 Commander Lloyd Wilber Van Antwerp (NSN: 0-77725), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Target Coordinator for the strike group and Division leader of an eight-plane carrier based torpedo aircraft division of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTEEN (VT-18), attached to the U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands during the Battle for Leyte Gulf on 24 October 1944. In the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire from major elements of an enemy Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Van Antwerp directed with no regard for personal safety, a well coordinated dive bomber-torpedo attack, and obtained one of three direct torpedo hits on a large enemy battleship. His coolness, courage and skill were all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: 
Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0962 (January 15, 1945)
Action Date: 
24-Oct-44
Service: 
Navy
Rank:
 Lieutenant Commander  
Company: 
Torpedo Squadron 18 (VT-18)
Division: 
U.S.S. Intrepid (CV-11)

Lloyd W. Van Antwerp retired from the Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral. 
   
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Navy abbreviation  VT

1921: TORPEDO PLANE SQUADRON
1922 - 1930: TORPEDO & BOMBING PLANE SQUADRON or TORPEDO & BOMBING SQUADRON
1930 - 1946: TORPEDO SQUADRON
1944 - 1946: (VTN) NIGHT TORPEDO SQUADRON
1960 - Present: TRAINING SQUADRON
   
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