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LCDR Edward Emmet DeGarmo

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LCDR Edward Emmet DeGarmo

Birth
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
7 Jun 1945 (aged 28)
At Sea
Burial
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
SECTION H SITE 577
Memorial ID
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US NAVY LT CDR
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Officer of the U.S.S. Bennington CV-20
Status: MIA
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Edward Emmet DeGarmo (NSN: 0-85002), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while participating in aerial flights as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VT-82), attached to the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), engaged on special missions in close support of ground operations on Okinawa on 3 June 1945. He materially assisted in sustaining the progress of the ground forces by dropping needed supplies and equipment to forward elements in repeated minimum level glides over advance positions. These missions were accomplished during the advance of our forces against determined enemy resistance and in the face of concentrated anti-aircraft fire. As he completed his final mission of the day his plane was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire which engulfed the engine in flames. In spite of the flames which quickly enveloped the cockpit and of the progressively severe burns he suffered therefrom, he crash-landed his plane within friendly territory so skillfully as to save his aircrewman from all but minor burns and injuries. His cool courage and determination despite his own severe wounds and his superb airmanship were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Awards and Citations:
Navy Cross
Silver Star (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (4)

Edward Emmett De Garmo graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1940. The yearbook, the Lucky Bag, gives his home of record as Lima, Ohio. He was known for his love of bridge, declared to be a "walking dictionary", and to be able to win any debate. He married Beatrice Kirk and they had two children. He was last assigned to the carrier USS Bennington.
US NAVY LT CDR
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Officer of the U.S.S. Bennington CV-20
Status: MIA
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Edward Emmet DeGarmo (NSN: 0-85002), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while participating in aerial flights as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane and Commanding Officer of Torpedo Squadron EIGHTY-TWO (VT-82), attached to the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), engaged on special missions in close support of ground operations on Okinawa on 3 June 1945. He materially assisted in sustaining the progress of the ground forces by dropping needed supplies and equipment to forward elements in repeated minimum level glides over advance positions. These missions were accomplished during the advance of our forces against determined enemy resistance and in the face of concentrated anti-aircraft fire. As he completed his final mission of the day his plane was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire which engulfed the engine in flames. In spite of the flames which quickly enveloped the cockpit and of the progressively severe burns he suffered therefrom, he crash-landed his plane within friendly territory so skillfully as to save his aircrewman from all but minor burns and injuries. His cool courage and determination despite his own severe wounds and his superb airmanship were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Awards and Citations:
Navy Cross
Silver Star (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (4)

Edward Emmett De Garmo graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1940. The yearbook, the Lucky Bag, gives his home of record as Lima, Ohio. He was known for his love of bridge, declared to be a "walking dictionary", and to be able to win any debate. He married Beatrice Kirk and they had two children. He was last assigned to the carrier USS Bennington.


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