Gray, James Seton, Jr., 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
1964-1966, Navy Absentee Collection Unit (NACU) Norfolk VA
Service Years
1936 - 1966
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1914
 
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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 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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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)

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Ingersoll, Stuart Howe, VADM, (1917-1960) OFF Rear Admiral Upper Half
HAMILTON, Thomas, RADM, (1927-1948) OFF 131X Captain
Murray, Stuart Shadrick, VADM, (1919-1956) OFF 112X Captain
Pirie, Robert Burns, VADM, (1922-1962) OFF Captain
Baumberger, Walter Harlen, VADM, (1934-1974) OFF Commander
Davenport, Roy Milton, RADM, (1933-1959) OFF Commander
Kane, William Richard, CAPT, (1933-1957) OFF 131X Commander
PETERSEN, Wallis, RADM, (1920-1963) OFF 111X Commander
Geist, John Willard, CAPT, (1934-1961) OFF Lieutenant Commander
Crommelin, Quenton, CAPT, (1941-1973) OFF 131X Lieutenant
LAUFF, Bernard, CAPT, (1937-1968) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Atkinson, Bert, CAPT, (1946-1965) OFF 000X Ensign
Howard, Joseph Bowyer, CDR, (1950-1974) OFF 000X Ensign
Fitch, Aubrey Wray, ADM, (1906-1947) Vice Admiral
FORD, Walter, RADM, (1925-1961) Captain
Ryan Jr., Thomas John, RADM, (1921-1950) Captain
Thomas, William Nathaniel, RADM, (1918-1949) OFF 410X Captain
Craighill, Richard Starr, RADM, (1932-1967) Commander
Dornin, Robert Edson, CAPT, (1935-1965) Commander
Enright, Joseph, CAPT, (1933-1963) Commander
Rotrige, Henry John, RADM, (1942-1972) OFF 410X Commander
Shepler, Dwight Clark, CDR, (1942-1947) Commander
Ward, Norvell, RADM, (1935-1973) Commander
Compton, Emmett Mobley, CAPT, (1939-1965) Lieutenant Commander
Mendenhall Jr., Corwin, RADM, (1939-1959) Lieutenant Commander
Adamson, Robert, VADM, (1943-1976) Lieutenant
Villamil, Ernesto, MCPO, (1945-1975) Petty Officer Third Class
Wynne, William, CAPT, (1943-1976) CN Petty Officer Third Class
Bivin, Homer Richard, CAPT, (1941-1976) Midshipman
Carr, Kenneth, VADM, (1943-1985) 00 Midshipman
HAAK, Frank Sutherland, RADM, (1945-1976) OFF Midshipman
HALL, Donald, RADM, (1945-1981) Midshipman
Hayward, Thomas B., ADM, (1943-1982) 00 OC Midshipman
Krag, Robert, LCDR, (1950-1963) Midshipman
Linder, James Benjamin, RADM, (1943-1979) Midshipman
MOHRHARDT, Robair, CAPT, (1943-1977) Midshipman
Nicholson, Richard, RADM, (1943-1979) Midshipman
Thurtell, Frank, CAPT, (1940-1974) Midshipman
Train, II, Harry DePue, ADM, (1949-1982) Midshipman
WILLIAMS, Ross, RADM, (1944-1981) Midshipman
Dibble, Gordon John, CPO, (1945-1967) SN SN-0000 Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
EBERT, Walter, RADM, (1930-1950) Captain
Brockett, William Alden, RADM, (1934-1965) Commander
Fiala, Reid, RADM, (1931-1959) Commander
Litke, Robert, CDR, (1943-1968) Midshipman
Vosseler, Warren, CAPT Midshipman

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