Philip Huston Torrey JR.

Philip Huston Torrey JR.

Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 16 Feb 1945 (aged 31)
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot OSA 0 14
Memorial ID 77320416 · 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 Philip Huston Torrey, Jr. (NSN: 0-73559), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Plane and Commander of Air Group NINE (AG-9), attached to the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action on 16 and 17 February 1944, while deployed over Truk in the Caroline Islands. On these dates, Lieutenant Commander Torrey coordinated and directed four strikes of the ESSEX and INTREPID Air Groups against the Japanese stronghold in Truk Atoll, Caroline Islands. These were the first strikes of World War II against this great keystone of the Japanese inner line of defenses. He skillfully employed the forces at his command in repeated attacks against enemy combatant ships, merchant shipping, airfields, grounded aircraft and base installations. Despite enemy fighter opposition and in the face of heavy, accurate anti-aircraft fire, these attacks were pressed home successfully and resulted in extensive damage to the enemy's naval and merchant shipping and base installations. He strafed such targets of opportunity as his paramount duties permitted. His leadership, planning, courage and individual actions contributed greatly to the success of this mission as a whole and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.





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  • Find a Grave Memorial 77320416
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Philip Huston Torrey JR. (25 Apr 1913–16 Feb 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 77320416, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Marvin & Samme Templin (contributor 426307) .