|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1898|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1942|
Ensign Shea was designated Naval Aviator #2362 in 1919 and released from active duty that same year, being discharged in 1921. He rejoined in 1923. Lt. Commander Shea was a member of ship's company aboard the aircraft carrier USS WASP (CV-7) when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.
While leading a fire-fighting team, a shattering explosion occurred. In all probability, LCDR Shea died in that explosion; but, lacking concrete proof of death, he was declared Missing in Action until a year and a day later when he was declared legally dead. Shea was awarded the Navy Cross and Purple Heart medals and was promoted to commander, all posthumously.
The destroyer minelayer USS Shea (DM-30) was named in his honor.
CDR, US NAVY WORLD WAR II
Entered the service from Massachusetts
Plot: Courts of the Missing
Created by: Mike Weeks
Record added: Apr 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35927541