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Capt Howard Malcolm Avery
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1908
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 4, 1987
San Francisco County
California, USA

Lieutenant Commander Howard M. Avery
Hometown: Grossmont, California
Composite Squadron NINE (VC-9)
Awards: Navy Cross

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Howard Malcolm Avery, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Officer in Tactical Command in Composite Squadron NINE (VC-9), embarked from the U.S.S. CARD (CV-9), in offensive action against an enemy submarine which was destroyed in the South Atlantic on 15 June 1944. Lieutenant Commander Avery was on an antisubmarine flight in search for possible squadron survivors in the area of a known enemy submarine, when the vessel, fully surfaced, was sighted a few minutes before sunset. Lieutenant Commander Avery immediately made a contact report, circled the submarine and maintained contact despite anti-aircraft gun fire. He coolly analyzed the situation and realized that a single plane would have little chance of sinking the hostile vessel. He kept the enemy occupied until assistance arrived. He then calmly directed the attack on the enemy submarine which resulted in its destruction. During the action Lieutenant Commander Avery, with great skill and courage, personally made two strafing runs against the enemy in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. The aggressiveness, determination, coolness, courage, and leadership shown by Lieutenant Commander Avery in attacking and coordinating the well-planned action with the supporting aircraft are all in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 345 (December 1945)
Born: September 15, 1908 at Kings Ferry, New York
Family links: 
  Horace Weston Avery (1875 - 1930)
  Edith Sophia Plested Avery (1876 - 1952)
  Frances Cannon Avery (1911 - 1971)*
  Douglas Plested Avery (1941 - 1960)*
  Horace Weston Avery (1902 - ____)*
  Gordon Stark Avery (1904 - ____)*
  Howard Malcolm Avery (1908 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: Section EE Site 1344-A
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3519827
Capt Howard Malcolm Avery
Added by: Johnston Hurst Shannon
Capt Howard Malcolm Avery
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 Added: Nov. 11, 2016
Navy Cross Recipient. Thank You.
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 Added: Jan. 10, 2014
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- Mike Weeks
 Added: Aug. 30, 2010

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