Pugh, Benjamin Thomas, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 131X, USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Service Years
1943 - 1951
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 18, 1951
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2017, Korean War Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
VA-164 Ghost RidersVF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow DevilsUSS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  1945-1945, 131X, VA-164 Ghost Riders
  1950-1951, 131X, VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils
  1950-1951, 131X, USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1951-1951 Korean War/Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1939-1943, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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                  LOCATION: AT SEA

                     WONSAN BAY

                   BURIAL LOCATION

                     VANCEBURG, KY

USNA Class of 1943, Lieutenant Commander Pugh was the pilot of an AD-4 Skyraider dive bomber with Fighter Squadron 194 aboard carrier USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45). December 18, 1951, after receiving damage from his own bomb blast, he successfully ditched his aircraft off Wonsan Bay. When recovered by a rescue craft, he was found dead.

My father, Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Thomas Pugh, was flying the AD-2 Model when he was killed on a bombing mission in North Korea, December 18, 1951. He was a flight commander for VF-194 Squadron Yellow Devils aboard CV-45 the USS Valley Forge.

Any information about him from shipmates, wingmen, or friends would be greatly appreciated. I was only 2 when he was killed.
07/12/2008 @ 10:18 [ref: 21863]

Ben Pugh
 Cincinnati, OH

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