|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1919|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 2005|
World War II fighter ace and founder of the Navy's Blue Angels aerial demonstration team. Born in Los Angeles, California, he developed a passion for aviation after reading magazine stories about Eddie Rickenbacker and other World War I aces and after graduating from junior college joined the Navy in 1941; he was in flight training when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7 of that year. In the Pacific he flew from the aircraft carriers Enterprise and Hornet and shot down eight Japanese fighter planes and participated in numerous battles, including Santa Cruz, Guadalcanal, Tarawa and the Philippine Sea; was himself shot down once. After WWII Admiral Chester Nimitz picked Voris to form an elite aerial demonstration team in 1946 to boost Navy morale, recruiting and public relations. His Navy career spanned 33 years flyting bi-planes to jets until he retired in 1963. He survived several flying accidents during that career, including a midair collision during a Blue Angels show at Corpus Christi, Texas in 1952 when another pilot was killed. After the Navy, he became an executive at Grumman Aircraft Corporation and helped develop the F-14 Tomcat. Later was a NASA Apollo spokesman from 1973 and retired in 1985. Awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 11 Air Medals, three Presidential Unit Citations and a Purple Heart. In 1993, the Air Force honored him, a Navy pilot, in a "Gathering of Eagles" ceremony as one of 20 pilots worldwide who made significant contributions to aviation. His biography, "First Blue: The Story of World War II Ace Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels," was published in 2004. Died in Monterey, California. (bio by: Fred Beisser)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes released to his daughter.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Aug 27, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11621226
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