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CDR William Bowen Ault

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CDR William Bowen Ault

  • Birth 6 Oct 1898 Oregon, USA
  • Death 8 May 1942 At Sea
  • Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Plot Tablets of the missing
  • Memorial ID 88396757

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to William Bowen Ault (0-57445), Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Combat Plane and Group commander of a Navy Air Group embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Air Battle of the Coral Sea, on 7 and 8 May 1942. Commander Ault led the air attack, carried out in the face of severe antiaircraft barrage and heavy fighter opposition, which resulted in the complete destruction of one enemy carrier on 7 May and major damage to another on 8 May. His failure to return from the latter encounter and his courageous conduct throughout the duration of these actions were an inspiration to the entire air group. Commander Ault's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Commander In Chief, Pacific Fleet: Serial 13 (June 16, 1942)

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  • Created by: Jeff Hall
  • Added: 11 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88396757
  • Jeff Hall
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CDR William Bowen Ault (6 Oct 1898–8 May 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88396757, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Jeff Hall (contributor 47296194) .