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Adm Edward Cobb "Eddie" Outlaw
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1914
Greenville
Pitt County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 5, 1996
Durham
Durham County
North Carolina, USA

Admiral, United States Navy. Rear Admiral Edward Cobb Outlaw was a World War II Navy ace pilot. He was a 1935 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He served first on the USS Indianapolis and then the USS Enterprise. He qualified as a Naval Flight Aviator. During the Second World War he served on the CVL Langley, an aircraft Carrier. His squadron became known as "Outlaw's Bandits". He was a top ace of six kills with his squadron. As commanding officer his squadron had forty-four kills in Naval Air Battles. In April 1944 the Squadron had twenty-seven kills in 15 minutes in the Battle for the Truk Lagoon. He led a flight of eight Hellcats on a predawn fighter sweep; a flight was sighted of thirty-six Japanese Zeroes. In their first pass flamed eight; then, exercising perfect discipline "Holly" Hills, four kills. He then led his division to high cover where they accounted for seven more of the enemy. Cdr. Outlaw shot down five and with one probable, fellow Ace, Dick May got three and Outlaw's wingman four. Total for this brief action was twenty-two victories and six probables. The action took place in less than ten minutes and was declared by Command Naval Air Pacific to be "a perfect example of air combat and air discipline." Following the war he served first at the Pentagon then as the Commanding Officer of the USS Duxbury Bay and the USS Intrepid. He obtained the rank of Rear Admiral and served as the commander of the Naval Aviation Service Center. During the Vietnam Conflict he was commander of Carrier Division One and Task Force One of Vietnam where he directed the first sustained flights. He was then assigned Commander carrier divisions 16 and 20 and Commander hunter-killer force, Atlantic Fleet. His last assignment was as Commander fleet aircraft Mediterranean and Maritime Air Mediterranean. This was a NATO organization of which he was the first commander. As an Admiral of the U.S. Navy he served as a training officer of the Armed Services Staff College, executive officer of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chief of the Armed Forces special weapons project, staff of the Naval War College, and Commander of Carrier Division One. He was awarded both the Navy Cross and the Legion of Merit.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Needham Whitfield Outlaw (1885 - 1959)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Teer Outlaw (1916 - 2002)
 
 Children:
  Edward Cobb Outlaw (1940 - 2010)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Cremated remain located beneath the stain glass window at the back of the Teer Mausoleum
 
Burial:
Maplewood Cemetery
Durham
Durham County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Teer Mausoleum, New Maplewood, Section 1
 
Created by: Robert C. Peurifoy
Record added: Dec 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102057060
Adm Edward Cobb Eddie Outlaw
Added by: Robert C. Peurifoy
 
Adm Edward Cobb Eddie Outlaw
Added by: Robert C. Peurifoy
 
Adm Edward Cobb Eddie Outlaw
Added by: Robert C. Peurifoy
 
 
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R.I.P.
- R.D. Herring
 Added: May. 6, 2013

- Robert C. Peurifoy
 Added: Dec. 11, 2012
 
 
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