Gray, James Seton, Jr., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1966, Navy Absentee Collection Unit (NACU) Norfolk VA
Service Years
1936 - 1966

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Contact Info
Home Town
Milwakee, WI
Last Address
Coronado, CA

Date of Passing
Aug 28, 1998
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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US Navy Retired 30

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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
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US Navy Captain. Gray grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and from an early age learned to fly. He soloed at the age of fourteen and became the youngest licensed pilot in the United States in 1930. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1936 and after graduation he served at sea until 1938 when he was accepted at Flight Training School. Upon completion of Flight School he was assigned to Squadron VF-6 aboard the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Enterprise. On February 1, 1942 he led the strike against Taroa Air Base in the Marshalls Islands. During this mission he shot down two Imperial Navy Mitsubishi A5M Claude fighters over Taroa. On June 4, 1942 Gray took part in the decisive action of the battle of Midway as Squadron Commander of VF-6 and leader of a ten plane flight of VF-6 Grumman F4F Wildcat fighters assigned to protect the slow vulnerable, outmoded Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo planes of Torpedo Squadron VT-6 also based aboard the Enterprise. During 1942-1943 he commanded the fighter training squadron at Pensacola, and authored the Navy fighter pilots Bible "A to N for the Fighter Pilot". Gray was Chief of Staff to the Commander Carrier Division Four as well as Commander Carrier Air Group 3. He was also Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea as well as Commanding Officer of the Ammunittion ships U.S.S. Mauna Loa and U.S.S. Suribachi. Gray was the first Navy pilot to achieve "Ace" status in World War II. He retired from the Navy in 1965. (bio by: Saratoga)
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USS Enterprise (CV-6)

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USS Enterprise (CV-6)

Crommelin, John Geraerdt, RADM, (1923-1950) OFF Captain
Davis, Arthur C., ADM, (1915-1955) OFF 131X Captain
Hardison, Osborne Bennett, VADM, (1915-1954) OFF 131X Captain
Kane, William Richard, CAPT, (1933-1957) OFF 131X Commander
Stump, Felix, ADM, (1917-1958) OFF 132X Commander
Allan, Halle Charles, CAPT, (1927-1957) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Crouter, Mark H., CDR, (1919-1942) OFF 144X Lieutenant Commander
Lindsey, Eugene Elbert, LCDR, (1923-1942) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Martin, William, VADM, (1929-1967) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Massey, Lance Edward, LCDR, (1930-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
McClusky, Clarence, RADM, (1926-1956) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Ofstie, Ralph, VADM, (1918-1956) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Ault, William Bowen, CDR, (1917-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Best, Richard H., LCDR, (1932-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Check, Leonard Joseph, LCDR, (1939-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant
DICKINSON, Clarence E. (WW II), RADM OFF 131X Lieutenant
Edwards, Thomas Elbert, LT, (1937-1943) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Mehle, Roger William, RADM, (1937-1970) OFF 131X Lieutenant
O'Hare, Edward Henry, LCDR, (1933-1943) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Riley, Paul James, LT, (1931-1942) OFF Lieutenant
Stroh, Robert Joseph, VADM, (1930-1969) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Vejtasa, Stanley Winfield, CAPT, (1938-1970) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Ware, Charles Rollins, LT, (1929-1942) OFF Lieutenant
Welch, Vivian W., LT OFF 131X Lieutenant
Allen, Eric, LTJG, (1938-1941) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Burnett, Howard Reason, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Coolbaugh, Walter Wesley, LTJG, (1940-1942) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Hebel, Federick, LTJG OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Hilton, John Jacob, CAPT, (1934-1968) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Holder, Randolph Mitchell, LTJG, (1939-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rhodes, Raleigh Ernest, CDR, (1940-1961) OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rich, Ralph McMaster, LTJG, (1939-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Van Buren, John James, LTJG, (1938-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Vandivier, Norman Francis, LTJG, (1939-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Wakeham, J Donald, LTJG, (1940-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Ware, Charles Rollins, LT, (1929-1942) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Abbot, James L., RADM, (1935-1974) OFF 000X Ensign
Barnes, Doyle Clayton, ENS, (1933-1942) OFF 131X Ensign
Dexter, James Campbell, ENS, (1937-1942) OFF 131X Ensign
Doherty, John Joseph, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Fields, Marshall, LCDR, (1942-1944) OFF 110X Ensign
Gonzalez, Manuel, ENS OFF 131X Ensign
Hodges, Flourenoy Glen, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Jaccard, Richard Alonzo, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Menges, Herbert Hugo, ENS, (1939-1941) OFF Ensign
O'Flaherty, Frank Woodrow, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Peiffer, Carl David, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Register, Francis Roland, LTJG, (1941-1943) OFF Ensign
Reid, Beverly William, ENS, (1935-1942) OFF Ensign
Roberts, John Quincy, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF Ensign
Rombach, Severin Louis, ENS, (1939-1942) OFF Ensign
Shelton, James Arnold, ENS, (1940-1942) OFF 131X Ensign
Teaff, Perry, ENS, (1938-1945) OFF 131X Ensign
Vogt Jr., John, ENS OFF 131X Ensign
Weber, Frederick Thomas, ENS, (1938-1942) OFF Ensign
Willis, Walter Michael, ENS, (1939-1941) OFF Ensign
POWNALL, Charles, VADM, (1910-1949) Captain
Boone, Walter, ADM, (1917-1960) Commander
McClusky Jr., Clarence, RDML, (1921-1956) Commander

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