Tabberer, Charles Arthur, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1960, USS Tabberer (DE-418)
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home Town
Kansas City, KS
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 29, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Solomon Islands
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
Location of Interment
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL)
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School Assignments - StaffNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS Miami, FLNAS San Diego
USS Yorktown (CV-5)VF-6 TomcattersUSS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Tabberer (DE-418)
  1939-1940, Naval Flight School
  1940-1940, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1940-1940, NAS Miami, FL
  1940-1941, NAS San Diego
  1940-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1942-1942, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1944-1960, USS Tabberer (DE-418)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II
  1941-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Antisubmarine Campaign/Attack on USS SARATOGA (CV-3)
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
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  May 29, 2013, General Photos1
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Charles Arthur Tabberer

Naval Service
Tabberer enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 12 October 1939 and was appointed an aviation cadet on 11 January 1940. Following flight training at Pensacola, Florida, and Miami, Florida, Cadet Tabberer was designated a naval aviator on 1 November. 

He was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve on 12 December. After further training at San Diego, California, he was ordered to report to Fighting Squadron 5 (VF-6) which was then assigned to USS Yorktown (CV-5). 

Ens. Tabberer served with VF-6 throughout his short naval career. Promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on 29 May 1942, his squadron was assigned to USS Saratoga (CV-3) for the invasion of Guadalcanal in the southern Solomon Islands.

Lt. (jg.) Tabberer was one of the 11 "Wildcat" (F4F) pilots lost when elements of the Japanese 26th Air Flotilla opposed the Guadalcanal invasion force on 7 August. Through the efforts of Tabberer and his comrades, the Japanese aerial forces were beaten back. For his sacrifice, Lt. (jg.) Tabberer was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, posthumously.

USS Tabberer (DE-418) was laid down at Houston, Texas, on 12 January 1944 by the Brown Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 18 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Mary M. Tabberer, and commissioned on 23 May 1944, Lt. Comdr. Henry Lee Plage, USNR, in command.

USS Tabberer (DE-418), launched February 18, 1944; commissioned May 23, 1944; Brown Shipbuilding Company, Houston, Tex., shipbuilder; named in honor of Lt. (jg) Charles Arthur Tabberer (1915-1943), native of Kansas City. He died as a result of enemy action in the Pacific area, the presumptive date of his death being August 8, 1943. He was officially reported missing in action as of August 7, 1942, having been attached to a fighting squadron when the plane he was piloting was lost in the Pacific area.

Lieutenant Tabberer was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with the following citation:

     "For heroism and extraordinary achievement during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on August 7, 1942. Leading a two-plane section of his squadron against a hostile force of 27 twin-engined bombers, Lieutenant (junior grade) Tabberer, although viciously intercepted by Zero fighters, gallantly pressed home his attacks until his plane was shot down. His courageous fighting spirit and resolute devotion to duty contributed to the destruction of at least five enemy bombers and undoubtedly played a major role in disrupting the Japanese attack".

29 May 1942
The action of the Saratoga's fighters included a flight of 8 F4F-4s, which took off from the carrier at 1203 for patrol over the transports. Lieut. James J. Southerland, leading his division, which consisted of Ens. R.L. Price, Lt. (jg) C.A. Tabberer and Ens. D.A. Innis, contacted the enemy over Savo Island, while being vectored at 12,000 feet to investigate a reported approach of enemy aircraft. Just as our fighters sighted a large flight of Japanese twin-engine bombers close in at the same altitude, they were attacked by enemy escort fighters who had an altitude advantage. Unhappily, Lieut. Southerland had no time to gain altitude. Lieut. Southerland, Lt. (jg) Tabberer and Ens. Price did not return from the fight. Ens. Innis got home with his plane badly shot up and reported that he damaged one Zero.
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