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)

Crommelin, John Geraerdt, RADM, (1923-1950) OFF Captain
Hardison, Osborne Bennett, VADM, (1915-1954) OFF 131X Captain
HAMILTON, Thomas, RADM, (1927-1948) OFF 132X Commander
HAMILTON, Thomas, RADM, (1927-1948) OFF 111X Commander
Kane, William Richard, CAPT, (1933-1957) OFF 131X Commander
Martin, William, VADM, (1929-1967) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
O'Hare, Edward Henry, LCDR, (1933-1943) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Check, Leonard Joseph, LCDR, (1939-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Dudley, James, LT OFF 130X Lieutenant
Edwards, Thomas Elbert, LT, (1937-1943) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Mehle, Roger William, RADM, (1937-1970) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Taylor, Jack Crawford, LT, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Vejtasa, Stanley Winfield, CAPT, (1938-1970) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Baker, Douglas, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Burnett, Howard Reason, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Carmichael, Daniel Archibald, CAPT, (1942-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
GRAHAM, Vernon, LT, (1940-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Hearne, Frank, LTJG OFF 000X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Somerville, Ronald, LT OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Fields, Marshall, LCDR, (1942-1944) OFF 110X Ensign
Gibson, Charles, ENS, (1944-1945) OFF 131X Ensign
Nelson, Robert Kolden, ENS, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
Teaff, Perry, ENS, (1938-1945) OFF 131X Ensign
Wood, Walter A, ENS, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
Wieber, Carlos Captain
WIEBER, CARLOS WILHELM, RDML, (1918-1948) Captain
Boone, Walter, ADM, (1917-1960) Commander
McClusky Jr., Clarence, RDML, (1921-1956) Commander
Moran, Henry, RADM, (1923-1953) Commander
Ruble, Richard, RDML, (1923-1950) Commander
Young, Merle Newcomer, CAPT, (1940-1966) OFF 410X Lieutenant Commander
Auman, Forrester, CAPT, (1941-1972) Lieutenant
Seaman, Scott Lieutenant
Wilcox, Russell Stover, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 6302 Lieutenant
Jamison, William, LT, (1941-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Kona, Steve, CDR Ensign
Herring, Carlyle, CPO, (1938-1958) BM BM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Krenik, Raymond J., CPO, (1941-1971) Pho PhoM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Gifford, Merle, PO1, (1942-1951) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Monteith, Clyde Allen, PO1, (1940-1946) QM QM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Oran, Quentin Ferret, CPO, (1937-1946) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Phillips, Hugh, CPO, (1941-1962) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sandholm, Hollace, PO1, (1943-1946) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Thornal Sr., Fayette, PO1, (1941-1946) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Whittington, Champ Hansen, PO1, (1942-1945) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Costello, Ernest, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Delchamps, Newton, MCPO, (1941-1965) Petty Officer Second Class
Demorest, Robert Vernon, PO2, (1941-1952) AMM AMM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Pinckney, William, PO1, (1938-1946) Ck SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ulmer, Norman William, PO1, (1941-1946) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wyatt, Frank Hamilton, PO2, (1943-1946) Ptr Ptr-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Church, Vernon Roy, CPO, (1941-1964) AMM AMM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gatewood, Andrew Lee, PO1, (1941-1948) Ck SC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Haddock, Bill, MCPO, (1938-1975) GM Petty Officer Third Class
Norberg, Willard, PO2, (1941-1947) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Noyes, Proctor, PO1, (1942-1945) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Repass, Harry, PO2, (1942-1945) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Thomason, Robin Harvie, PO3, (1943-1950) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Allen, Martin Bruce, PO3, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class

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