Auman, Forrester, CAPT

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Line Officer
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1970-1972, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1941 - 1972

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North Carolina
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Seagrove, NC
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Forrester C. Auman known as Joe Auman was born April 26, 1918 in Seagrove, NC. He died at age 87 in Brooking Park, a retirement facility in Chesterfield, Mo. March 20, 2006.

Date of Passing
Mar 20, 2006
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Captain Forrester "Joe" Auman

Captain Forrester C. Auman had a distinguished military career as a naval aviator. With 31 and half years under his belt, at one time he was the most senior captain in the Navy. During the WWII Battle of Midway  ENS  Auman ran out of fuel on his landing approach and safely ditched in the lagoon, where he and his R/G, ARM3/c McLean were rescued by a PT boat.

As pilot of a dive bomber following a skirmish with a Japanese fighter, which left him with a bloody head from five pieces of shrapnel, he was credited with a direct hit on the Japanese carrier Shokaku which had taken part in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

When he tried to return to his ship the aircraft carrier Hornet, he discovered it had been sunk so he was forced to land aboard the carrier Enterprise. His plane was so shot up that it was pushed over the side.

Although entitled to a Purple Heart, the line was so long that he chose to go to bed instead.

For his performance that day he was awarded the Silver Star --for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as pilot of a Scout Bomber of the U.S.S. Hornet Air Group during action again enemy Japanese forces near Santa Cruz Island October 26, 1942. The citation for the Silver Star read, "In the face of heavy and prolonged fighter opposition, Ltjg Auman pressed home during a daring and persistent attack and succeeded in scoring a direct bomb hit on a large aircraft carrier. His expert airmanship and tenacity in a critical situation contributed in a large measure to the heavy damage inflicted on the enemy" It was signed by Frank Knox, Secretary of Defense. Later, he was the first American into Nagasaki after the bombing with orders to remove the US POW's.

He went on to command two squadrons - the astronaut Alan Shepard was in one of his air groups - and to serve as navigator aboard the USS Tarawa and as Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, TX. He had three tours at the Pentagon- during the last he helped supply daily briefings to the Kennedy White House as a specialist in nuclear warfare plans.

Capt. Auman graduated from Seagrove High School and High Point College in NC and received a master's degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. His last job in the Navy was as Commanding Officer of the NROTC unit at Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he received the Legion of Merit from the President of the United States --for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services-- signed by Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., Chief of Naval Operations. He stayed on at the university for an additional six years as Director of Campus Safety - attending the Georgia Police Academy and being elected by the students as their favorite campus administrator.

He continued his pre-World War II love of flying throughout his life, piloting charter flights and soloing about 350 students after his retirement from the Navy in July 1972. The last recorded entry in his log book was January 20, 2000 when he was 81 years old! This flight brought his total lifetime flying hours to 17,095!

In 1944 he met his wife Jeanne at a tea dance at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado CA while on R&R following his war injuries and they married three months later. Shortly thereafter he returned to the war and was not able to see his new son until he was eight months old. In spite of the warnings that a war marriage would never last and surviving over 20 moves together, he and his wife were married for 61 years. Jeanne died in 2005, six months before he passed away in 2006. Capt. Auman was 87.
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Formal Schools and Training CoursesVB-8 Eight-ball SkullUSS Hornet (CV-8)USS Enterprise (CV-6)
USS Tarawa (CV-40)Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAVNAS Corpus Christi/Truax FieldCNO - OPNAV
  1941-1941, Naval Flight Training
  1941-1942, VB-8 Eight-ball Skull
  1941-1942, USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1942-1943, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1944-1945, USS Tarawa (CV-40)
  1953-1954, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1958-1959, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1960-1962, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1967-1969, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1970-1972, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
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High Point CollegeGeorge Washington University
  1936-1940, High Point College
  1973-1975, George Washington University
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  Capt Forrester C. Auman
  WWII Naval Hero, Capt Forrester C. Auman
  Forrester C. Auman, age 87, passed March 20, 2006
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