Underhill, Samuel Jackson, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 131X, CTG 17.5 (Carrier Group), CTF 17
Service Years
1940 - 1942

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jericho, Long Island
Last Address
Jericho, Long Island

Casualty Date
May 08, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)NAS Jacksonville FLFormal Schools and Training CoursesNAS Norfolk
Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)NAS San DiegoVS-5USS Yorktown (CV-5)
US Navy
  1940-1940, Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)
  1941-1941, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1941-1941, Naval Flight Training
  1941-1941, 131X, NAS Norfolk
  1941-1941, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1941-1941, 131X, NAS San Diego
  1941-1942, 131X, VS-5
  1942-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1942-1942, 131X, CTG 17.5 (Carrier Group), CTF 17
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
 Colleges Attended 
Yale UniversityHarvard University
  1934-1938, Yale University
  1938-1940, Harvard University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
                                  Pilot  SBD-3 Dauntless,     VS-5 

  To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

                     This is to Certify that
    The President of the United States of America
                Takes Pleasure in Presenting

            THE NAVY CROSS

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Samuel Jackson Underhill, Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane in Scouting Squadron FIVE (VS-5), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), in action against enemy Japanese forces at Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942, and in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942. These attacks, vigorously and persistently pressed home in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and on 8 May opposed also by enemy fighters, resulted in the sinking or damaging of at least eight enemy Japanese vessels at Tulagi and the sinking of one carrier and the sinking or severe damaging of another in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Underhill's conscientious devotion to duty and gallant self-command against formidable odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

                                           NAME SAKE
                                 USS UNDERHILL (DE-682)

Memorialized at: Manila American Cemetery
Location: Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
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