Bright, Mark Kenneth, LT

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
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1943-1944, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-16)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Home Town
Lodi, ca
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Casualty Date
Jul 17, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
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Court 5 (cenotaph)

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Awarded for actions during the
World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Mark Kenneth Bright (NSN: 0-103989), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIVE (VF-5), attached to the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), in action against enemy Japanese forces while deployed over Guadalcanal and Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Upon sighting an enemy force of eleven dive bombers about to enter upon a diving attack against transports and other surface vessels, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bright played an important role in an attack upon them which resulted in the destruction of nine of them, thereby breaking up the enemy attack and preventing the enemy from registering any hits upon their targets. He personally shot down two of the enemy bombers, one of them while in its dive before its bombs had been released. He also assisted in destroying two other planes which crashed under the combined fire of his guns and those of other friendly pilots. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 28 (1943)
Action Date: August 7, 1942
: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighting Squadron 5 (VF-5)
Division: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3)



Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Mark Kenneth Bright (NSN: 0-103989), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against enemy forces in the vicinity of the Palau Islands on 30 and 31 March 1944; near western New Guinea on 21 and 22 April 1944; in the vicinity of Truk Islands on 29 and 30 April 1944; as pilot of a carrier-based fighter plane. He led his division of fighters in repeated attacks against enemy positions in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, and by his own strafing attacks damaged two enemy destroyers, started fires on two enemy merchant ships, sank or set on fire eight small enemy craft, destroyed at least two enemy planes on the ground and damaged many others, and otherwise inflicted substantial damage on the enemy. His courage and skill was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 05323 (October 3, 1944)
Action Date: March 30 - April 30, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Torpedo Squadron 16 (VT-16)
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USS Lexington (CV-16)
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34 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Lexington (CV-16)

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
Burnett, Howard Reason, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Stradley, Price Roe, LT, (1941-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Valencia, Jr., Eugene, CDR, (1941-1962) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Vraciu, Alexander, CDR, (1941-1964) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Adams, Milton Lee, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Reiter, William Walter, LTJG, (1940-1943) 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
Stump, Felix, ADM, (1917-1958) OFF 132X Captain
Connor, Harry, LCDR, (1940-1964) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Valach, John Mike, PO1, (1942-1945) WT WT-0000 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
Plant, Harry, PO1, (1942-1945) ARM ARM-0000 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
Beaton, William Campbell, S2c, (1942-1944) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Gray, James Seton, CAPT, (1936-1966) OFF Commander
Butts, John, RADM, (1941-1973) OFF Lieutenant
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
Quigley, Anthony, RADM Lieutenant Junior Grade
Startzell, Robert, CDR, (1939-1955) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Stainer, Charles, PO2, (1943-1946) Petty Officer Second Class
Diaz, Adam, SN, (1941-1945) Seaman
Wollert, Derrel Charles, ENS, (1942-1943) Ensign

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