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Wilhelm George "Bill" Esders
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Birth: Oct. 11, 1914
Death: Nov. 1, 1994

COMMANDER, US NAVY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA
NAVY CROSS
DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
LEGION OF MERIT
AIR MEDAL

NAVY CROSS CITATION:
ESDERS, WILHELM GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Wilhelm George Esders, Chief Aviation Pilot, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron THREE (VT-3), embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. During participation in a Torpedo Plane assault on Japanese naval units, Ensign Esders, observing his Squadron Commander crash in flames, gallantly took the lead of the squadron and pressed home the attack to a point where it became relatively certain that the successful accomplishment of his mission would entail a great loss of life. Nevertheless, by his courageous initiative and aggressive leadership, he enabled his squadron to reach its objective and score several hits on enemy aircraft carriers. His loyal devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety contributed materially to the success of our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Born: October 11, 1914 at St. Joseph, Missouri
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida

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 Spouse:
  Lillie Louise Cary Esders (1918 - 2006)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: 39, 0, 446
 
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 629163
Wilhelm George Bill Esders
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Wilhelm George Bill Esders
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Wilhelm George Bill Esders
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Thank you for your WWII service as part of the "Cactus Air Force" at Guadalcanal.
- Richard Blunk
 Added: Jul. 7, 2014
 
 
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