Bingham, William, CDR

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, VB-14
Service Years
1943 - 1964
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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Home Town
Richmond
Last Address
Bingham

Date of Passing
Feb 15, 2010
 
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William Bingham

BINGHAM, William Harrison, 88, passed away on February 15, 2010, 65 years to the day after first meeting his wife. He was born in Richmond on March 19, 1921, son of the late Lucien Warner Bingham and Mary Saville Bingham. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alma Newell Bingham; his daughters, Kathryn Gorman and her husband, Richard F. Gorman III, of Richmond and Susan Mickey and her husband, John E. Mickey, of Clemmons, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Michael Davis Gorman and William Bingham Gorman of Richmond and Sarah Hollis Mickey of Clemmons, North Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island; his sister, Mary Keith Hinshelwood of Richmond; and his brother, Charles S. Bingham of Largo, Florida. Bill was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and received his degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific in World War II aboard the carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) as a dive bomber and fighter pilot with Dive Bomber Squadron 14 (VB-14). He fought in all the major campaigns of 1944-45, including the Marianas campaign and the liberation of the Philippines. He married in 1945, and in 1946 he brought his bride back to Richmond and joined his father in business at Bingham Truck Service. Upon his father's retirement, he took the sales department and formed his own company, Bingham GMC Trucks. He served as treasurer of the Virginia Highway Users for many years and on the General Motors Dealer Council. He stayed in the Navy Reserve, and led his squadron in Norfolk during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired as Commander in 1964. He loved all airplanes and enjoyed his naval career. He was president of the Richmond Jaycees, 1956-1957, the Richmond First Club, 1974-1975, and was chairman of the Community Chest. He served on the board of the Richmond Cerebral Palsy Center for many years, the Richmond Automobile Dealers Association, on the board of the University of Richmond Alumni Association, and as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at the River Road Church, Baptist. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, and was a volunteer at the Virginia Aviation Museum. He and Alma traveled the world and enjoyed great adventures. His favorite trip was when they flew an antique Stearman biplane from Kansas City to Richmond. He was a Virginia gentleman and a proud American. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Richmond, Va. 23229. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 at River Road Church, Baptist. His family will receive friends at the church following the service.

 

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 17, 2010
   
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Mariana and Palau Islands campaign, also known as Operation Forager, was an offensive launched by United States forces against Imperial Japanese forces in the Mariana Islands and Palau in the Pacific Ocean between June and November, 1944 during the Pacific War. The United States offensive, under the overall command of Chester Nimitz, followed the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign and was intended to neutralize Japanese bases in the central Pacific, support the Allied drive to retake the Philippines, and provide bases for a strategic bombing campaign against Japan.

Beginning the offensive, United States Marine Corps and United States Army forces, with support from the United States Navy, executed landings on Saipan in June, 1944. In response, the Imperial Japanese Navy's combined fleet sortied to attack the U.S. Navy fleet supporting the landings. In the resulting aircraft carrier Battle of the Philippine Sea (the so-called “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”) on 19–20 June, the Japanese naval forces were decisively defeated with heavy and irreplaceable losses to their carrier-borne and land-based aircraft.

Thereafter, U.S. forces executed landings on Guam and Tinian in July, 1944. After heavy fighting, Saipan was secured in July and Guam and Tinian in August, 1944. The U.S. then constructed airfields on Saipan and Tinian where B-29s were based to conduct strategic bombing missions against the Japanese mainland until the end of World War II, including the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In the meantime, in order to secure the flank for U.S. forces preparing to attack Japanese forces in the Philippines, in September, 1944, U.S. Marine and Army forces landed on the islands of Peleliu and Angaur in Palau. After heavy and intense combat on Peleliu, the island was finally secured by U.S. forces in November, 1944.

Following their landings in the Mariana and Palau Islands, Allied forces continued their ultimately successful campaign against Japan by landing in the Philippines in October, 1944 and the Volcano and Ryukyu Islands beginning in January, 1945.
   
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From Year
1944
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1944
 
Last Updated:
Jul 7, 2013
   
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  521 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adling, Richard
  • Barr, John Andrew, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Besson, John Henry, RADM, (1931-1959)
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Brownlow, JD, PO2, (1943-1946)
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