Masoner Jr., William John, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1954, 131X, U.S. Naval Reserve Training Center (USNRTC), Quincy, Illinois
Service Years
1939 - 1954
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
Tailhook
Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chicago
Last Address
Riverside, Illinois

Date of Passing
Apr 28, 1986
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesTailhook AssociationUSS Lexington CV-16 AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
Cold War Veterans Association
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1942, Tailhook Association
  1943, USS Lexington CV-16 Association
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1954, Cold War Veterans Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Other Comments:

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, William John Masoner, Jr. (NSN: 0-82264), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron NINETEEN (VF-19), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against enemy Japanese forces on 24 October 1944, during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Intercepting several groups of enemy planes while leading his division in a long-range search for hostile aircraft, Lieutenant Masoner skillfully directed his planes in a determined onslaught and sent thirteen of the opposing aircraft flaming to the ground, personally accounting for six and sustaining no loss to his own formation. By his brilliant airmanship and indomitable courage and intrepid fighting spirit Lieutenant Masoner contributed materially to the infliction of considerable damage upon the enemy Japanese forces during this battle. His dauntless fighting spirit and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 1st Carrier Task Force: Serial 0763 (October 30, 1944)

Action Date: 24-Oct-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Fighting Squadron 19 (VF-19)

Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16)


Second Award

 

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant William John Masoner, Jr. (NSN: 0-82264), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron NINETEEN (VF-19), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), when he led his division of fighter bombers against a Japanese Fleet engaged by his task force in the Philippine Sea, on 25 October 1944. Pressing his run to a low level through intense anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Masoner made an accurate drop of his bomb and then strafed units of the Fleet so that their anti-aircraft fire was disrupted and thus materially assisted the torpedo and dive bombers in making hits all of which resulted in the sinking of a major enemy carrier. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 25-Oct-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Fighting Squadron 19 (VF-19)

Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16)


 

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant William John Masoner, Jr. (NSN: 0-82264), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron NINETEEN (VF-19), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 25 October 1944. Leading a division of fighter bombers against a Japanese Fleet engaged by his Task Force, Lieutenant Masoner pressed his run to a low level through intense anti-aircraft fire, made an accurate drop of his bomb and strafed units of the hostile Fleet, completely disrupting their anti-aircraft fire and materially assisting the torpedo and dive bombers in making hits which resulted in the sinking of a major enemy carrier. His superb flying ability, initiative and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0572 (December 22, 1944)

Action Date: 25-Oct-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Fighting Squadron 19 (VF-19)

Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16)



Second Award

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant William John Masoner, Jr. (NSN: 0-82264), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron NINETEEN (VF-19), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Philippine Islands on 5 November 1944. Pressing his attack through intense anti-aircraft fire during a strike against an enemy heavy cruiser, Lieutenant Masoner skillfully maneuvered his fighter plane to disrupt the enemy fire and obtained two direct hits, contributing materially to the success of the group in sinking this hostile cruiser. The next day he overcame difficult cloud conditions to intercept and down an enemy aircraft, probably averting a suicide dive on one of his Task Group. His courage and unswerving devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0572 (December 22, 1944)

Action Date: 5-Nov-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Fighting Squadron 19 (VF-19)

Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16)

 

   
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 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 ProgAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VF-11 Red Ripper
USS Lexington (CV-16)VF-19COMNAVAIRPACUS Navy
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)
  1941-1942, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1942, 139X, ONOP NY USNR Aviator Training V-5 Prog
  1942-1942, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1943-1943, 131X, VF-11 Red Ripper
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-19
  1944-1945, 131X, COMNAVAIRPAC
  1944-1945, 131X, Naval Air Stations
  1945-1954, 131X, U.S. Naval Reserve Training Center (USNRTC), Quincy, Illinois
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Northwestern University
  1935-1939, Northwestern University
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