Howard, Curtis William, LTJG

Fallen
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
56 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Service Years
1938 - 1942
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Golden Dragon
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

14 kb

Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
1917
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Howard, Curtis William (KIA)(Navycross), LTJG.

If you knew or served with this Sailor and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Guam
Last Address
Olympia, Washington

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Midway Islands
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 
 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
VT-3 Red KnightsUSS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1934-1938, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1939, 110X, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1939-1940, 110X, USS Greer (DD-145)
  1940-1940, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1940-1941, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1941-1942, 131X, VT-3 Red Knights
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1942-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1934-1938, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Battle of Midway, June 1942

Yorktown's search group returned at 0830, landing soon after the last of the six-plane CAP had left the deck. When the last of the Dauntlesses were recovered, the deck was hastily respotted for the launch of the ship's attack group - 17 Dauntlesses from VB-3; 12 Devastators from VT-3, and six Wildcats from "Fighting Three." Enterprise and Hornet, meanwhile, launched their attack groups.

The torpedo planes from the three American carriers located the Japanese striking force, but met disaster. Of the 41 planes from VT-8, VT-6, and VT-3, only six returned to Enterprise and Yorktown, collectively. None made it back to Hornet.

The destruction of the torpedo planes, however, had served a purpose. The Japanese CAP had broken off their high-altitude cover for their carriers and had concentrated on the Devastators, flying "on the deck." The skies above were thus left open for Dauntlesses arriving from Yorktown and Enterprise.

 

   
Comments/Citation


Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Curtis William Howard (NSN: 0-81335), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron THREE (VT-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Participating in a Torpedo Plane assault against Japanese naval units, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Howard, in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition, pressed home his attack to a point where it became relatively certain that, in order to accomplish his mission, he would probably sacrifice his life. Undeterred by the grave possibilities of such a hazardous offensive, he carried on, with extreme disregard for his own personal safety, until his squadron scored direct hits on two enemy aircraft carriers. His self sacrificing gallantry and fortitude were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)

Action Date: 4-Jun-42

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Company: Torpedo Squadron 3 (VT-3)

Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)

   
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011