Stambaugh, William Henry, ARM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
ARM-0000-Aviation Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Radioman
Primary Unit
1942-1942, ARM-0000, VS-6
Service Years
1941 - 1942
ARM-Aviation Radioman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Martin, KY
Last Address
8612 Fir St
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 2 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

On the fateful morning of June 4, 1942, ARM1 Stambaugh was the rear seat radioman-gunner of a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber of Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) that flew from the USS Yorktown.  The pilot was LT Charles Rollins Ware, the flight's division leader.  The planes launched at an extreme distance from the Japanese, not all details of the launch went smoothly and a command decision resulted in American squadrons launching piecemeal and proceeding toward the target in several different groups.  Some flights also had difficulty locating their target due to wrong headings.  Upon arrival of the VS-6 flight over the Japanese, their carriers were being attacked by American torpedo bombers.  Unfortunately, only one plane from VS-6 returned from the battle. Stambaugh was listed as missing in action and later declared dead.

Service number: 2872269
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 Duty Stations
VS-6US NavyUSS Enterprise (CV-6)VS-6
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1941, RM-0000, VS-6
  1941-1942, ARM-0000, USS Niagra (AGP-1)
  1942-1942, ARM-0000, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1942-1942, ARM-0000, VS-6
  1942-1942, ARM-0000, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
 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)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 02, 2019, General Photos1
 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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