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John Charles Waldron
Birth: Aug. 21, 1900
Fort Pierre
Stanley County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 1942, At Sea

US Navy WW II Aviator. He was born at Fort Pierre, South Dakota, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1924 and became a Naval Aviator in 1927. In 1941 he was Lieutenant Commander and became Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) to serve on the new aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). At the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942, he led his squadron to be the first to locate and attack the Japanese Imperial Fleet. In overwhelming enemy fighter opposition while making an unsupported attack on Japanese aircraft carriers, he with all fifteen of his planes and 28 crew were lost. Their sacrifice made possible the success of American dive bombers that arrived later, to devastate the Japanese carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu, bringing victory at Midway. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Adelaide Wentworth Waldron (1906 - 1977)
 
Note: Entered the service from South Dakota.
 
Burial:
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
 
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Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56134527
John Charles Waldron
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Blessings to you.
- biteyhicks
 Added: Feb. 3, 2017
An airfield at Corpus Christi, Texas, was named for Cmdr. Waldron in April of 1943. A destroyer, USS Waldron, also became his namesake. In addition, a street in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota is named for John Waldron, WW II hero. His name is on the Tablets of ...(Read more)
- Ellen Bishop
 Added: Feb. 2, 2017

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 Added: Jan. 24, 2017
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