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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Ensign
Service Years
1940 - 1942
NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Home State
Oregon
Ensign Ensign
Naval Aviator Wings


Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Forest Hills Cemetery - Kansas City, Missouri
Wall Coordinates
(memorial marker)
Jun 04, 1942
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
Description
Description Pending
1945
Service to 1942
USS Hornet (CV-8)
USS Hornet (CV-8)
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1941 - 1942
VT-8
VT-8
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1941 - 1942
Navy Cross
Criteria
The Navy Cross may be awarded to any person who, while serving with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguishes himself in action by extraordinary heroism not justifying an award of the Medal of Honor.... More
Comments
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William Warner Abercrombie (0-098514), Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in ... 
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1942
Purple Heart
Criteria
The Purple Heart may be awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the Armed Forces, has been wounded, kill... More
Comments
KIA Midway
1942
Combat Action Ribbon
Criteria
The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when operating under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain (or colonel in th... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft... More
Description
VT-8's first and best-known combat mission came during the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942. Flying the vulnerable Douglas TBD Devastators, Commander John C. Waldron's 15 planes were all shot down duri... More
1942
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or,... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
Description
The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on 18 April 1942, was an air raid by the United States on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on Honshu island during World War II, the first ... More
1942 - 1942
Battle of Midway
Description
The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, ... More
1942 - 1942
NAS Norfolk
NAS Norfolk
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1941 - 1941
NAS Miami, FL
NAS Miami, FL
Rank
Ensign
Comments
Comments Pending
Ensign Ensign
1941 - 1941
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
Rank
Naval Aviation Cadet
Comments
Comments Pending
1940 - 1941
American Defense Service Medal
Criteria
The American Defense Service Medal was awarded for service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine ... More
Description
Description Pending
1940
Service from 1940

 
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