McVay, Woodie Lackland, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
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Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 131X, VF-1 High Hatters
Service Years
1940 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mobile, AL
Last Address
2606 Saint Stephens Rd
Mobile, AL

Casualty Date
Feb 22, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
Location of Interment
Pine Crest Cemetery - Mobile, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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LT McVay was a pilot in Fighting Aquadron One (VF-1). On 15 July 1943, VF-1 it was redesignated VF-5 and assigned to the USS Yorktown (CV-10). The squadron was equipped with the new Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat. During October he was promoted to the rank of Lt. USNR and became a division leader. During the cruise, Lt. McVay was credited with three aerial victories. The first was against a Zero near Wake Island on 5 October, 1943; the second was against a Kate near the Marshall Islands on 29 January, 1944; the third was against a Hamp near Yap, Caroline Islands on 17 February, 1944. He was listed MIA when he did not return to the carrier after strafing over Siapan on 22 February, 1944 then later presumed dead.

In February 2009, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed the remains of an Unknown Soldier buried in Plot F Row 12 Grave 2 at Manila American Cemetery with the belief that identifications could be made. DNA analysis and historical evidence were used to positively identify the remains as belonging to Lt. Woodie L. McVay, Jr. His name remains permanently inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Service number: 099808

Service dates:
Army National Guard 1936-1940
US Navy 11/1940-2/1944

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 Duty Stations
NAS Jacksonville FLNAS Miami, FLNAS NorfolkUSS Ranger (CV-4)
VF-1 High HattersUSS Yorktown (CV-10)
  1941-1941, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1941-1941, NAS Miami, FL
  1941-1941, NAS Norfolk
  1941-1943, 131X, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-1 High Hatters
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-10)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Operation Torch/Naval Battle of Casablanca
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Majuro (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Remains recovered and identified
  Pine Crest Cemetery - Mobile, AL2
  Oct 16, 1940, WWII draft card
  Mar 30, 1942, Married Annie Ruth Heidelberg1
  Oct 01, 1942, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Oct 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 19, 2009, Pilot's Body Found After 64 Years1
  Apr 07, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial WW II Memorial National Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, American Battle Monuments Commission
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