Craig, David Bruce, RM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1941-1942, RM-0000, VS-6
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tarentum, PA
Last Address
726 N Vista
Los Angeles, CA

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
US NavyVS-6USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1941, RM-0000, USS Tangier (AV-8)
  1941-1942, RM-0000, VS-6
  1941-1942, RM-0000, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 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
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 03, 2019, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the morning of 4 Jun 1942 ENS James Arnold Shelton and his gunner, RM3 Craig launched from the USS Enterprise (CV-6) with other attack aircraft of Air Group Six, as well as, many aircraft from Air Groups from Hornet and Yorktown. They 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 Shelton and several other planes from his squadron joined up to return to Enterprise. Enroute home Lt Ware's group which included ENS Shelton were attacked by Japanese fighters. Although no American planes were shot down their evasive maneuvers used up precious fuel. After the attack Ware's group split up as they attempted to find the Enterprise. Ensign Sheldon remained with Lt Ware's group which was very low on fuel. They were never seen again. The remains of ENS Shelton and his gunner/radioman, RM3 David Bruce Craig were unrecoverable. The were listed as missing in action on 04 Jun 1942 and presumed dead on 05 Jun 1943.

Service number: 4121115

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Action During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Radioman Third 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 pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Radioman Third Class David Bruce Craig (NSN: 412115), United States Navy, for heroism and 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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