Ormsbee, Jr, Francis Edward, ADC

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Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
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Aviation Machinist's Mate
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1916-1919, NAS Pensacola
AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate

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Rhode Island
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Oct 24, 1936
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Francis Edward Ormsbee, Jr., Aviation Chief Machinist’s Mate, USN

Highest rank: Chief Aviation Pilot, Permanent

Born: 30 April 1892, Providence, R.I.

Died: 24 October 1936, Ardmore, Okla.


ACMM Ormsbee was stationed at NAS Pensacola, Fla., as an enlisted aircrewman. On 25 September 1918, ACMM Ormsbee was flying with Ensign J. A. Jova in a seaplane above the bay near the air station. Ormsbee and Jova saw another seaplane spinning out of control three-quarters of a mile away, crashing into the bay. Ensign Jova landed as close to the wreck as possible, and Ormsbee jumped into the water and swam to the partially submerged wreck. He was able to partially extricate the gunner from the aircraft and hold his head above water until the station crash boat arrived on the scene. Although Ormsbee was badly cut from pulling the gunner out of the wreckage, he still persisted in diving to attempt to retrieve the pilot. Unfortunately, the pilot had already drowned before he could be removed from the aircraft.

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"For extraordinary heroism while attached to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida on 25 September 1918. While flying with Ensign J.A. Jova, Ormsbee saw a plane go into a tailspin and crash about three-quarters of a mile to the right. Having landed nearby, Ormsbee lost no time in going overboard and made for the wreck, which was all under water except for 2 wing tips. He succeeded in partially extricating the gunner so that his head was out of water, and held him in this position until the speedboat arrived. Ormsbee then made a number of desperate attempts to rescue the pilot, diving into the midst of the tangled wreckage although cut about the hands but was too late to save his life."

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