Compton, James Robert, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1961-1964, NAS Jacksonville FL
Service Years
1934 - 1964

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Home Town
Hopkins County, KY
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 01, 1989
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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US Navy Retired 30

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAS PensacolaVB-5VO-2
VP-32VP-25USS Thetis Bay (CVHA-1)USS Bennington (CVA-20)
NAS Jacksonville FL
  1934-1936, USS Idaho (BB-42)
  1936-1937, NAS Pensacola
  1937-1939, VB-5
  1939-1940, VO-2
  1940-1940, VP-32
  1943-1945, VP-25
  1957-1958, USS Thetis Bay (CVHA-1)
  1958-1959, USS Bennington (CVA-20)
  1961-1964, NAS Jacksonville FL
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of the Green Islands
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wakde
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
  1953-1954, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 31, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  Feb 01, 1953, Promoted to Captain
  May 15, 2016, General Photos4
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Captain James R. Compton, U.S. Navy, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class of 1934. He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1937 and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals during WWII with Patrol Bombing Squadron VP-81 and VP-115. He commanded the USS Thetis Bay (CVHA-1), the USS Bennington (CV-20), and the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville Florida from 1961 to 1964.

Other Comments:

Distiguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 339 (June 1945)
Citation: Synopsis: Commander James R. Compton, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Commander of a PB-4Y aircraft over the Green, Wakde and
Owi Islands, from 23 April 1944 to 19 August 1944.
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