Bigelow, LaVell, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 131X, VB-6
Service Years
1939 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Provo, UT
Last Address
Provo, UT

Date of Passing
Jun 18, 2007
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon




 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Navy Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign LaVell Meldrum Bigelow (NSN: 0-83311), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIVE (VB-5), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Salamaua and Lae, New Guinea on 10 March 1942. In the face of heavy fire from a formation of Japanese cruisers and destroyers, Ensign Bigelow dived his airplane at a light cruiser and obtained a direct hit on it which resulted in serious damage to and probable destruction of that vessel. Ensign Bigelow's courage, skill, and complete disregard for his personal safety were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)
Action Date: March 10, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Bombing Squadron 5 (VB-5)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)
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Navy Cross

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 Ensign LaVell Meldrum Bigelow (NSN: 0-83311), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron FIVE (VB-5), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in attacks on an enemy carrier in the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Ensign Bigelow's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 2885 (July 7, 1942)
Action Date: May 4 & 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Company: Bombing Squadron 5 (VB-5)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)
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Navy Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander LaVell Meldrum Bigelow (NSN: 0-83311), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), attached to the U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19), in action against the enemy in Kure Harbor, Japan, on 28 July 1945. Lieutenant Commander Bigelow skillfully and courageously led a flight of bomber-fighters in a dive bombing attack against major units of the enemy fleet including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. During the action, he attacked an enemy warship in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire from enemy warships and shore batteries. Lieutenant Commander Bigelow scored a direct hit with his bomb which contributed materially to heavy and extensive damage to the warship which later settled to the bottom of the harbor. Lieutenant Commander Bigelow's skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 28, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Bombing Squadron 6 (VB-6)
Division: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)
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Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander LaVell Meldrum Bigelow (NSN: 0-83311), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in operations against the Japanese Empire on 19 March 1945. As the leader of a twenty-six plane fighter sweep against the airfields in the Kobe-Osaka area, he skillfully directed rocket and strafing attacks on three separate airfields, destroying or damaging field installations and parked aircraft. The attacks, conducted in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire were pressed home aggressively and without loss to his force. His personal courage and skill of leadership were outstanding and were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: March 19, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
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Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander LaVell Meldrum Bigelow (NSN: 0-83311), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights in operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Kyushu, Honshu, Hokkaido, Japan, Nansei Shoto and Wake Island. As pilot of a carrier-based plane during the period 18 March 1945 to 15 August 1945, he participated in twenty strikes against enemy shipping, airfields and installations, inflicting extensive damage. His skill and courage were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: March 18 - August 15, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
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  1945-1945, 131X, USS Hancock (CV-19)

Lieutenant Commander

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Unit
USS Hancock (CV-19) Unit Page

Rank
Lieutenant Commander

NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
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 USS Hancock (CV-19) Details

USS Hancock (CV-19)

Type
Combat - Sea Units

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Essex-class

Strength
Aircraft Carrier

Created/Owned By
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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2010
   
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Leading a squadron of fighters over the battleship USS Missouri as the Japanese surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945.
"That was kind of a fun thing," he told KUED researchers making a documentary on the Pacific war. "We had a nice parade formation of eighteen planes flying over the Missouri during the signing of that peace treaty."

   
My Photos For This Duty Station
USS Hancock (CV-19) - 1944
Hancock - April 7, 1945
15 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Hancock (CV-19)

Anderson, Edward Lee, CAPT, (1932-1968) OFF 131X Commander
Ennis, Will, CDR, (1942-1946) OFF 131X Commander
DuTemple, Lynn Francis, LCDR, (1942-1952) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Somerville, Ronald, LT OFF 131X Lieutenant
Kohler, Walter, LCDR, (1941-1945) OFF 163X Lieutenant Commander
McGrath, Robert, CPO, (1941-1946) GM GM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Dyer, Robert, PO1, (1942-1945) ETR ETR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Argubright, Ray, PO3, (1942-1946) AMM AMM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Pearce, Henry, CPO, (1943-1962) YN YN-2516 Petty Officer Second Class
Ringrose, Walter GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Rieman, John J, S1c, (1944-1945) SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
LaMantia, Dominick, HA2c, (1943-1947) SA SA-0000 Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
Collard, Joseph, SA, (1941-1945) 00 00-0000 Seaman Recruit
Raborn, William Francis, VADM, (1928-1963) OFF Captain
Fleming, Patrick Dawson, CDR, (1937-1956) Lieutenant

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