Aurand, Evan Peter, VADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1972, COMASWFORPAC (CTF-12), COMSUBPAC
Service Years
1938 - 1972
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Home Town
New York, NY
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Date of Passing
Jun 07, 1989
 
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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After his Navy service, Evan Aurand was a safety inspector for Boeing Aircraft Company as wellas serving as a consultant for the Navy.

He was very active in his community. He was a lobbyist before the Hawaii State Legislature, the City Council, and other organizations. He was one of the founders of the Hawaii Leaseholders (HALE) Equity Coalition.he served as president of both the Maunaiua Triangle-Koko Kai Community Association and the Rotary Club of Hawaii Kai. Other board memberships included the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board and the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce.
   
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
Battalion: Scouting Squadron 2 (VS-2)
Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Evan Peter Aurand (NSN: 0-81177), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron TWO (VS-2), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces over enemy-controlled waters near Lae and Salamaua, New Guinea, on 10 March 1942. Lieutenant Aurand pressed home, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, a vigorous and determined dive bombing attack on enemy ships, sinking one of them. His outstanding courage, daring airmanship and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
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January / 1944
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February / 1944

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The Battle of Kwajalein was fought as part of the Pacific campaign of World War II. It took place from 31 January-3 February 1944, on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Employing the hard-learned lessons of the battle of Tarawa, the United States launched a successful twin assault on the main islands of Kwajalein in the south and Roi-Namur in the north. The Japanese defenders put up stiff resistance, although outnumbered and under-prepared. The determined defense of Roi-Namur left only 51 survivors of an original garrison of 3,500.

For the US, the battle represented both the next step in its island-hopping march to Japan and a significant moral victory because it was the first time the Americans had penetrated the "outer ring" of the Japanese Pacific sphere. For the Japanese, the battle represented the failure of the beach-line defense. Japanese defenses became prepared in depth, and the battles of Peleliu, Guam, and the Marianas proved far more costly to the US.
 
   
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January / 1944
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February / 1944
 
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Mar 17, 2020
   
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  171 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckwith, John Edward, S1c, (1942-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Coggins, Royal Joseph, S1c, (1942-1946)
  • Cortner, Clarence Edward, CAPT, (1923-1957)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • De Noma, George Robert, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • Griffin, Vernon, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Hetrick, Clarendon Robert, PO3, (1940-1961)
  • Lehner, Gerard, PO1, (1942-1952)
  • Lucas, Charles, PO3, (1942-1945)
  • Marlow, Forest Eugene, PO2, (1942-1945)
  • McBride, Carl Edward, S2c, (1943-1947)
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