McWhorter III, Hamilton, CDR

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1969, NAS Miramar
Service Years
1941 - 1969

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Date of Passing
Apr 12, 2008
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Last Known Activity
Retired in El Cajon, California. Co-author of a book on his experiences in WWII, "First Hellcat Ace."
Other Comments:
Flew 89 combat missions during WWII.

US Navy's first Hellcat ace, ultimately downing twelve Japanese aircraft in the F6F.
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Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLFormal Schools and Training CoursesNAS Miami, FLUS Navy
VF-9 Cat O NineUSS Essex (CV-9)USS Randolph (CV-15)CNO - OPNAV
NTTC Ward Island, Corpus Christi (Staff)USS Boxer (CVA-21)VF-13 NightcappersUSS Tarawa (CV-40)
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Staff)USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
USS Forrestal (CV-59)Naval Safety CenterUSS Saratoga (CV-60)Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)NAS Miramar
  1941-1941, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1942, Naval Flight School
  1942-1942, NAS Miami, FL
  1942-1942, USS Ranger (CC-4)
  1942-1942, USS Long Island (CVE-1)
  1942-1944, VF-9 Cat O Nine
  1943-1944, USS Essex (CV-9)
  1944-1945, USS Randolph (CV-15)
  1945-1946, CNO - OPNAV
  1946-1947, NTTC Ward Island, Corpus Christi (Staff)
  1948-1948, VA-1A
  1948-1948, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  1948-1950, VF-13 Nightcappers
  1948-1950, USS Tarawa (CV-40)
  1948-1950, USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
  1950-1950, NTTCD Monterey Ca (Staff)
  1951-1953, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1953-1953, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
  1954-1955, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
  1955-1956, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1956-1958, Naval Safety Center
  1958-1960, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
  1960-1963, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)
  1963-1968, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
  1968-1969, NAS Miramar
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1941-1945 World War II1
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
University of GeorgiaGeorgia Institute of Technology
  1938-1939, University of Georgia
  1939-1941, Georgia Institute of Technology
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