Winters, Theodore Hugh, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1961, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT
Service Years
1935 - 1961

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Society Hill, South Carolina
Last Address
Lynchburg, Virginia

Date of Passing
Apr 25, 2008
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Sec: 60, Site: 8287

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Ensign T. H. Winters, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #5652 in 1938. Graduated USNA, Class of 1935.

During World War II, was commanding officer of Fighting Squadron Nineteen (VF-19) as well as Commander, Carrier Air Group Nineteen (CVG-19), operating from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16). As CO of VF-19 was credited with eight confirmed Japanese aircraft destroyed in aerial combat. As CAG-19, directed the aerial strikes which resulted in the sinking of three Japanese carriers during Oct. 1944, and the satisfaction of seeing them sink.

Major war-time awards included two Navy Crosses, three Silver Stars, as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war, was instrumental at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., in the creation of the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration group, and later CO of the attack aircraft carrier U.S.S. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42). His final tour was as chief of staff to Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet. Captain Winters retired from active service in July 1961.

In retirement, at the instigation of the men in his squadron, Captain Winters wrote a book, "Skipper, Confessions of a Fighter Squadron Commander 1943-1944," (1985, Champlin Fighter Musem Press) about their war experiences.
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Indianapolis (CA-35)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
NAS Los AlamitosVF-9 Cat O NineUSS Ranger (CV-4)VF-19
Carrier Air Group 19 (CVG-19)USS Lexington (CV-16)NAS AlamedaNAS Barbers Point
USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)NAS NorfolkCOMNAVAIRLANT
  1931-1935, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1935-1936, 000X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1936-1937, 000X, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1937-1938, 000X, USS Hamilton (DD-141)
  1938-1938, 000X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1942-1942, 131X, NAS Los Alamitos
  1942-1943, 131X, VF-9 Cat O Nine
  1942-1943, 131X, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-19
  1943-1944, 131X, Carrier Air Group 19 (CVG-19)
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1944-1945, 131X, NAS Alameda
  1945-1945, 131X, NAS Barbers Point
  1959-1960, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1960-1961, 131X, NAS Norfolk
  1960-1961, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Sibuyan Sea
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Cape Engano
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
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