Gaido, Bruno Peter, PO1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
AMM-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Machinist's Mate
Primary Unit
1941-1942, AMM-0000, VS-6
Service Years
1940 - 1942
AMM-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Stanton, IL
Last Address
3067 N Second St
Milwaukee, WI

Casualty Date
Jun 15, 1942
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
VS-6USS Enterprise (CV-6)Prisoner of War
  1941-1942, AMM-0000, VS-6
  1941-1942, AMM-0000, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1942, AMM-0000, Japan, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
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  Feb 02, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

AMM1 Gaido was serving on the  USS Enterprise (CV-6) in the Pacific Ocean after the attack at Pearl Harbor. On February 1, 1942, in the Central Pacific near the Marshall Islands, five Japanese bombers attacked the Enterprise. After the five dropped their bombs four sped away, but the fifth plane was so badly damaged it was unable to attempt to return to it's base. The Japanese pilot elected to crash his plane into the carrier and inflict as much damage as possible. Although the anti aircraft fire at the enemy plane was intense the plane continued it's descent towards the carrier. It was then that Gaido realized the imminent danger the ship was in and jumped into a Scout Bomber Dauntless dive-bomber parked on the flight deck, and manned the .30 caliber machine gun. Gaido's relentless fire at the bomber eventually caused the plane to spin at a ninety degree angle, causing it's wing to slice in half the Scout Bomber Dauntless Dive-Bomber Gaido was firing from. Gaido's shipmates later said that it was Gaido's fire that brought the plane down, thus potentially saving the Enterprise from serious damage.
On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of Midway, Gaido was the gunner in Ensign O'Flaherty's Dauntless. The Dauntless ran out of gas after the gas tanks were hit by enemy fire and O'Flaherty had to ditch the plane in the Ocean. Although O'Flaherty and Gaido were able to safely ditch the plane and get into a life raft, they were captured by the Japanese. While prisoners they were interrogated and tortured. After two weeks as prisoners they were bound with ropes, to which weighted fuel cans were tied and thrown from the destroyer into the ocean and drowned.

Service number: 3002005

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Action During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class
Battalion: Scouting Squadron
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class Bruno P. Gaido, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Gunner of an airplane in a Scouting Squadron in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway, 4 to 6 June 1942. With heroic and meritorious devotion to duty, he rendered valuable assistance to his pilot by detailing continuous specific and comprehensive information concerning the disposition and movements of enemy Japanese units. His courage and cool determination in carrying out this vital task in the face of furious and repeated attacks were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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