LtCdr Lee Sylvester Pancake

LtCdr Lee Sylvester Pancake

Birth
Kramer, Bottineau County, North Dakota, USA
Death 26 Oct 1942 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 56790251 · View Source
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Lee Sylvester Pancake (NSN: 0-70263), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Engineering Officer of Destroyer Squadron TWO, during the operations against enemy Japanese forces off the Santa Cruz Islands, on 26 October 1942. When hostile planes launched a vicious raid against the task force to which his group was attached, Lieutenant Commander Pancake, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, unhesitatingly volunteered to go aloft to the director platform. There, although perilously exposed to violent attack by low-flying enemy staffers, he rendered valuable assistance in the spotting of Japanese aircraft until he was killed. His conspicuous initiative and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Montana.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56790251
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LtCdr Lee Sylvester Pancake (24 Apr 1907–26 Oct 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56790251, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .