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James Douglas Arbes
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Birth: May 31, 1916
Minnesota, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1991

US Navy WW II
Commander James D. Arbes
Home: New Ulm, Minnesota
Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)
Service# 0-79041
Awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross

AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander James Douglas Arbes United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scout Dive Bomber and Squadron Commander of Bombing Squadron EIGHT (VB-8), attached to the U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17), during the attack on the Japanese Battle Fleet in the First Battle of the Philippine Sea on 20 June 1944. Lieutenant Commander Arbes, as squadron commander of twelve dive bombers, showed unusual skill and conspicuous courage in directing his squadron in the face of accurate and intense anti-aircraft fire of all calibers, which included heavy fire from the main batteries of the large fleet units. Particularly outstanding was his calmness and courage when ordered to proceed beyond the combat radius of his airplane in order to attack the main Japanese Battle Fleet. As a result of his personal leadership, damaging hits were scored on an aircraft carrier of 15,000 tons resulting in its probable destruction. He personally scored a direct hit during this attack. In addition, damaging bomb hits were scored on a battleship and a cruiser. Throughout this operation he conducted himself with complete disregard for his personal safety despite damage to his plane from anti-aircraft fire, and directly contributed to the success of the operation. His conduct throughout the operation was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander Fast Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0279 (August 3, 1944)
Action Date: 20-Jun-44
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)
Division: U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17)


Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander James Douglas Arbes (NSN: 0-79041), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight from 5 August 1944 to 12 October 1944. Commander Arbes participated in twenty flights in an active combat area where enemy anti-aircraft fire was expected to be effective and enemy aircraft patrols usually occur. His conduct throughout has distinguished him among those performing duties of the same character.
Action Date: August 5, 1944 - October 12, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8)
Division: U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Florence Muriel Arbes (1914 - 1989)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: World War II & Korea
 
Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: SECTION 36, SITE 3075
 
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 293943
James Douglas Arbes
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James Douglas Arbes
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Awarded for actions during the World War IIThe President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander James Douglas Arbes (NSN: 0-79041), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations ag...(Read more)
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 Added: Oct. 31, 2011
 
 
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