Ens Norman Burns Bitzegaio

Ens Norman Burns Bitzegaio

Hymera, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA
Death 30 Jul 1945 (aged 22)
Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Burial Hymera, Sullivan County, Indiana, USA
Plot Southeast Section
Memorial ID 38033618 View Source
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Navy Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Norman B. Bitzegaio (NSN: 0-383171), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron SIX (VT-6), attached to the U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19), in the attack on major units of the Japanese fleet in Kure Harbor, Japan, consisting of battleships, carriers and heavy cruisers, on 24 July 1945. Ensign Bitzegaio skillfully and courageously piloted his aircraft in a bombing attack against a heavy cruiser and scored a direct hit with his bomb which contributed materially to major damage inflicted on the ship. His skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 033336 (August 10, 1945)

Action Date: 24-Jul-45

Service: Naval Reserve

Rank: Ensign

Company: Torpedo Squadron 6 (VT-6)

Division: U.S.S. Hancock (CV-19)


Funeral services for Ensign Norman B. Bitzegaio, 21 years old, formerly of 1435 First avenue, who died in World War II, will be held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the McHugh Funeral Home, Hymera. Rev. Bert Sanders and Rev. Thomas Jennings will officiate. Burial will be in the K of P cemetery, Hymera, with the Hymera Post American Legion, conducting military rites. Ensign Bitzegaio, a graduate of Gerstmeyer High School with the class of 1941, was killed in action over Japan July 30, 1945. A navy pilot, he was stationed aboard the carrier U.S.S Hancock at the time of his death.

Source: Terre Haute Tribune Saturday 7 May 1949


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