>>>>>>>>>BATTLE OF MIDWAY>>>>>>>>>
Flying off the Carrier USS Enterprise and under command of Air Grp Commander LtCmdr Wade McClusky, Lt. Dick Best leading two squadron mates arrived over the enemy fleet. While McClusky led the attack on Carrier KAGA, Best led the attack on Carrier AKAGI. Best dove his Douglas SBD Dauntless Divebomber straight down aiming for the large "meatball" painted on the amidships deck near the A/C elavator. Dicks`s bomb hit right where he aimed and it was all over for the AKAGI. This battle for Midway Island was the turning point for War in the PACIFIC! The Jap War Machine never recovered and was on the defensive for remainder of war.
Contributed by LAWRENCE HEIDLEBAUGH (47226871)
Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Richard Halsey Best (NSN: 0-71601), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Squadron Commander in Bombing Squadron SIX (VB-6), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942.
Defying extreme danger from concentrated anti-aircraft barrage and powerful fighter opposition, Lieutenant Commander Best, with bold determination and courageous zeal, led his squadron in dive-bombing assaults against Japanese naval units.
Flying at a distance from his own forces which rendered return unlikely because of probable fuel exhaustion, he pressed home his attacks with extreme disregard for his own personal safety.
His gallant intrepidity and loyal devotion to duty contributed greatly to the success of our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Barbara Ann Best Llewellyn
Gravesite Details Interment date 12-6-2001. Lt Commander US Navy. Veteran Service Dates from 06-14-1928 to 03-01-1944. Information extracted from the National Cemetery Administration's National Gravesite Locator. http://www.cem.va.gov/