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LCDR Bruce Avery Van Voorhis

LCDR Bruce Avery Van Voorhis

Birth
Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, Washington, USA
Death 6 Jul 1943 (aged 35)
Solomon Islands
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION 79 SITE 279-281
Memorial ID 19394 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He "displayed conspicuous gallantry & intrepidity at the risk of his life above & beyond the call of duty" as Plane Commander of a PB4Y-1 patrol bomber operating against the enemy on Japanese-held Greenwich Island during the battle of the Solomon Islands, July 6, 1943. Abandoning all chance of a safe return, he executed six bold, ground-level attacks to demolish the enemy's vital radio station, antiaircraft guns & crews with bombs & machine-gun fire, & to destroy one fighter plane in the air & three on the water. Caught in his own bomb blast, Van Voorhis crashed into the lagoon off the beach, sacrificing himself in a single-handed fight against insuperable odds.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Added: 6 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19394
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR Bruce Avery Van Voorhis (29 Jan 1908–6 Jul 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19394, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .