Ware, Charles Rollins, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, VS-6
Service Years
1929 - 1942

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Knoxville, TN
Last Address
328 Ohio St
Athens, TN

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 2 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

By 0500 on June 4, 1942, 156 planes are already airborne - 108 Japanese planes heading to Midway Atoll. Sixteen U.S. B-17's en-route to attack enemy transport ships, and 32 scout planes out to find the enemy carriers, who at 0603 are 175 miles away. It takes the main U.S. attack force until 1002 to find the Japanese task force. In just five minutes, USS Enterprise's (CV-6) Scouting Six and Bombing Six have destroyed two Japanese fleet carriers and a third is severely damaged. Both sides are engaged in fierce attacks. Six VS-6 Dauntlesses formed up on the SBD flown by Lt. Ware. By flying slowly, very low over the water, weaving as the enemy planes made their passes, and concentrating their fire, this group succeeded in keeping their assailants at bay: not one plane was brought down by enemy fighters. The surviving attack planes now faced an equally serious challenge: the flight back to Task Force 16. There were to major problems: low fuel and no "Point Option" (the anticipated position of the carrier when the planes returned from their mission). Despite their efforts to conserve fuel, one by one the bomber's tanks ran dry, leaving their crews with no option but to ditch and hope for rescue. Of the six crews in the squadron, only one survived. Lt. Charles Ware and his gunner, ARM 1/C William H. Stambaugh and the other four crews, vanished into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. They were listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 073638

Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Charles Rollins Ware (NSN: 0-73633), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant Ware, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. His gallant perseverance and disregard for his own personal safety were important contributing factors to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Texas (BB-35)US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVS-6
USS Enterprise (CV-6)VS-5USS Yorktown (CV-5)VS-6
  1934-1939, 000X, USS Texas (BB-35)
  1939-1940, 000X, USS Dahlgren (DD-187)
  1940-1940, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1940-1941, VS-6
  1940-1941, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1942, VS-5
  1941-1942, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1942, VS-6
  1942-1942, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Neutrality Operations in the North Atlantic
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 31, 1937, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 21, 1945, USS Charles R Ware (DD-865) commissioned
  Jan 30, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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