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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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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Robbins, Thomas Hinckley, RADM, (1919-1962) OFF Captain
Isely, Robert Henry, CDR, (1933-1944) OFF 131X Commander
Winters, Theodore Hugh, CAPT, (1935-1961) OFF 131X Commander
Masoner Jr., William John, LCDR, (1939-1954) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Banker, Donald Francis, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Bright, Mark Kenneth, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Burnett, Howard Reason, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Butts, John, RADM, (1941-1973) OFF Lieutenant
MacGregor, Stephen, CAPT, (1940-1971) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Stradley, Price Roe, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Valencia, Jr., Eugene, CDR, (1941-1962) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Adams, Milton Lee, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Baker, Douglas, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
Cook, Orville Melvin, LT, (1942-1951) OFF 131X Ensign
Doyle, Robert W, LTJG, (1943-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
Gilchrist, John Wardell, ENS, (1944-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
McClure, Edgar, CDR, (1937-1957) Lieutenant
Parker, Robert, LT Lieutenant
Valencia, Eugene Anthony, CDR, (1941-1962) Lieutenant
Jamison, William, LT, (1941-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Middleton, John, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 6302 Lieutenant Junior Grade
Quigley, Anthony, RADM Lieutenant Junior Grade
Startzell, Robert, CDR, (1939-1955) Lieutenant Junior Grade
HENDRY, William, CWO2, (1934-1955) Chief Petty Officer
Trajanowski, Albert Michael, PO1, (1941-1947) AMM AMM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Valach, John Mike, PO1, (1942-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Wilkinson, Richard, PO1, (1942-1945) ARM Petty Officer First Class
Donofrio, Nicholas, PO2, (1941-1951) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Donofrio, Nicholas, PO2, (1941-1951) PhM PhM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hartman, Ralph, PO2, (1943-1946) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McMullin, Jerry, PO2, (1943-1946) AD ADR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Plant, Harry, PO1, (1942-1945) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Stainer, Charles, PO2, (1943-1946) Petty Officer Second Class
Hetrick, Clarendon Robert, PO3, (1940-1961) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Asmussen, Glenn Edward, PO1, (1942-1966) SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Diaz, Adam, SN, (1941-1945) Seaman
Beaton, William Campbell, S2c, (1942-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class

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