Dobbs, Horace Franklin, CPO

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1941-1942, VT-8
Service Years
1927 - 1942
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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lincoln, Nebraska
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
PLOT Courts of the Missing

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1942, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar
Combat Air Crew Wings with Star

 Duty Stations
USS Astoria (CA-34)VCS-6VT-8
  1934-1939, RM-0000, USS Astoria (CA-34)
  1939-1941, RM-0000, VCS-6
  1941-1941, RM-0000, USS Minneapolis (CA-36)
  1941-1942, VT-8
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Horace Franklin Dobbs enlisted in the US Navy prior to 9 Sept 1927 probably in Nebraska. He was recorded on the manifest of the S.S. Ventura that arrived in San Francisco from Pago Pago, Samoa on 22 Sept 1927. He embarked on 9 Sept 1927 and was listed as a sailor in the US Navy. He reenlisted in the US Navy (NSN:316-05-20) on 28 Oct 1938 in Long Beach, CA. Chief Radioman (CRM) (AA) Dobbs reported to the USS Astoria V-CS-6 on 26 Jun 1934. The USS Astoria (CL-90) Aviation Unit of VCS-6 received CRM Dobbs on 23 Sept 1939 from ComCruScoron Six at F.A.B. San Pedro, CA. CRM (PA) Dobbs first reported aboard the USS Minneapolis (CA-36) on 27 Jan 1941. CRM (PA) Dobbs returned aboard the USS Minneapolis (CA-36) on 7 Aug 1941 from shore basing with Minneapolis Aviation Unit, VCS Sqdn Six. Chief Dobbs was transferred from the USS Minneapolis on 13 Oct 1941 to NAS Norfolk, VA for duty fitting out Torpedo Squadron 8 (Hornet) and on board when commissioned. 
Aviation Chief Radioman Dobbs was killed during the Air Battle of Midway on 4 Jun 1942 while flying as a radioman/gunner with LCDR John C Waldron in Torpedo Squadron 8. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart for his sacrifice and bravery that day. According to the USS Hornet's Midway Battle After Action Report dated June 13, 1942 Chief Dobbs and his squadron commanding officer, Lcdr John Waldron, as well as all the remaining 27* pilots and crew of Torpedo Squadron 8 that flew into battle on 4 Jun 1942 from Hornet were recommended by Captain Mark Mitscher, CO of Hornet, for the Congressional Medal of Honor. 

*One pilot, Ens George Gay, although shot down survived. His gunner was killed.
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