Lough, John Cady, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1942, 000X, VS-6
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Geneseo, Illinois
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Courts of the Missing

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World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAS Miami, FLVS-6
  1940-1941, Naval Flight Training
  1941-1941, NAS Miami, FL
  1941-1941, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1942, 000X, VS-6
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
Illinois Wesleyan University
  1936-1940, Illinois Wesleyan University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the morning of 4 Jun 1942 Ensign Lough and his gunner, RM2 Louis Dale Hansen, along with other attack aircraft of Enterprise's Air Group Six, as well as, planes from Air Groups from Hornet and Yorktown launched to intercept and attack a large Japanese Carrier force approaching Midway. After VS-6 made a successful attack on the Japanese carrier Kaga, Ens Lough and several other planes from his squadron joined up to return to Enterprise. Enroute home this group of five planes, including Ens Lough, were attacked by Japanese fighters. Although no American planes were shot down their evasive maneuvers used up precious fuel. After the attack the group split up as they attempted to find the Enterprise. Ens Lough, his plane very low on fuel, was never seen again. Ens Lough, and his gunner PO Hansen, were reported as missing in action.

George Walter Lough and Ruth Gertrude Cady were married about 1915. They were the parents of at least three children; John Cady, Ruth Genevieve and Rose Ann Lough. John was a premed student at Illinois Wesleyan University. He graduated in June 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Delta, a Medical Pre-professional Honor Society and the University Chorus. John enlisted in the US Navy (NSN: 411-38-15) as a Seaman 2c on 2 Dec 1940 in Robertson, MO. After completing his elimination flight training he was released to unactive duty and sent home to await further orders. He was honorably discharged on 01 Mar 1941 to accept an appointment as an Aviation Cadet which he accepted on the same day. After completing his intermediate flight training at NAS Pensacola and advanced squadron training at NAS Miami, he was designated a naval aviator (heavier-than-air). On 18 Aug 1941 he received a commission as an Ensign, AV(N), USNR. A short time later he was assigned to Scouting Squadron Six (VS-6) attached to the USS Enterprise (CV-6).

Ens. Lough was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. On 5 Jun 1943 they were listed as "presumed dead." His family received a commemoration from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It reads: In grateful memory of John Cady Lough, who died in the service of his country, SEA, Pacific Area, ATTACHED U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, 5 JUNE 1943 (Presumed)*. He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live and grow and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives -- in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men.
The destroyer escort USS Lough, named in honor of Ens. John C. Lough, Geneseo, Ill., who was killed in action, will slide down the ways Saturday, the ninth naval district public relations office announces. Rose Anne Lough, the hero's sister, will sponsor the ship at ceremonies at the Bethlehem-Hingham shipyard, Hingham, Mass. Lough, an Illinois Wesleyan University graduate, served with a scouting squadron aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, and was reported missing in action after the battle of Midway Island, June 1942. He was declared dead a year later. Lough's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lough, live near Geneseo. USS Lough (DE-586), named in honor of him, was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort built by the Bethlehem-Hingham shipyard and commissioned on 22 Jan 1944. Sponsor was his sister, Ms Rose Anne Lough. Lough received three battle stars for WWII service. She was decommissioned at San Diego 24 Jun 1946. 


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