Shirley, James Alexander, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary Designator/NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1963-1968, 131X, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
Service Years
1941 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Tailhook
Captain
Captain

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Westminster
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 18, 2001
 
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic Office of the Secretary of Defense US European Command ComSixthFleet

NATO Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean US Navy Retired 20 NATO Standing Naval Forces Atlantic


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star




 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesTailhook AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1942, Tailhook Association
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1946, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1957, Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

James Shirley was a World War II DOUBLE ACE, credited with the destruction of 12.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat.   In one mission for which he was awarded the Navy Cross he claimed FIVE victories in a single outing, to become an Ace-in-a-day.


                                          F6F  HELLCAT

    



                                         USS Princeton (CVL-23)

               



                             Princeton burning,  Sunk 24 October 1944 

               



     USS Bermingham  alongside  USS Princeton helping to fiight fires.

                 

   
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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 James Alexander Shirley (NSN: 0-112972), 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 TWENTY-TWO (VF-22), attached to the U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, on 24 October 1944. Skilled and aggressive in a large group of enemy planes attempting to attack our Task Force, Lieutenant Commander Shirley pressed home his attack to shoot down five enemy planes and to inflict severe damage on two others. Although his plane was struck several times by enemy fire, he continued to engage the enemy until his ammunition and fuel were exhausted. His high combat efficiency, courage and devotion to duty were instrumental in preventing damage to our ships and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0738 (January 4, 1945)

Action Date: 24-Oct-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Fighting Squadron 22 (VF-22)

Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL 23)


 

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 James Alexander Shirley (NSN: 0-112972), 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 TWENTY-TWO (VF-22), attached to the U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), in action against enemy Japanese forces on 21 September 1944. Participating in the first air raid over Manila since the occupation of that city by the enemy, Lieutenant Commander Shirley fought his guns with accuracy, shooting down four hostile aircraft and assisting in the destruction of a fifth in the air. Flying low over enemy territory, he made repeated strafing attacks on enemy planes on airfields, and his airmanship and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Commander Shirley and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0632 (October 12, 1944)

Action Date: 21-Sep-44

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Fighting Squadron 22 (VF-22)

Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL 23)



 

Distinguished Flying Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander James Alexander Shirley (NSN: 0-112972), United States Naval Reserve, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Commander

Company: Fighting Squadron 22 (VF-22)

Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL 23)


 

   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL), 641
 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLSchool Assignments - StaffAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve
Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)Jacksonville FLUS NavyVF-22 Cavaliers
Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FLVR-8Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC)CNO - OPNAV
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
VF-82 IronmenNAS Cecil FieldUSS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)COMNAVAIRLANT
Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
  1941-1941, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1942, 110X, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD)
  1941-1942, 139X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1941-1945, 131X, Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve
  1942-1942, 131X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)/CNATRA Detachment Pensacola
  1943-1944, 131X, Jacksonville FL
  1944-1944, 131X, USS Princeton (CVL-23)
  1944-1945, 131X, USS Princeton (CVL-23)
  1944-1945, 131X, VF-22 Cavaliers
  1945-1948, 131X, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FL
  1948-1949, 131X, VR-8
  1949-1951, 131X, COMFAIR Alameda/Det A
  1951-1951, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1951-1952, 131X, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1951-1952, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1952-1953, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1953-1954, 131X, USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39)
  1954-1955, 131X, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
  1955-1956, 131X, VF-82 Ironmen
  1956-1957, 131X, NAS Cecil Field
  1957-1961, 131X, USS Franklin D.Roosevelt (CVA-42)
  1961-1963, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT
  1963-1968, 131X, Commander in Chief US Naval Forces Europe (CINCUSNAVEUR)/Commander US Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVE
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1944-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson UniversityGeorge Washington University
  1937-1941, Clemson University
  1951-1952, George Washington University
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