January 1945 until September 1945

Attached to Air Group 85 on the USS Shangri-La, CV-38

 

 

VBF 85 Personnel and Awards

VBF-85 Awards

Navy Cross Awards

     These awards are in no way comprehensive.  The Navy Cross is a very high award, below the Medal of Honor.  As such, all recipients are posted on line.  Below in ranking is the Distinguished Flying Cross, or DFC, and the Air Medal, as well as all the other myriad of decorations and awards possible.  However, I have not gained access to information on how to find out who was awarded those many lesser ranking awards.

DFC Presentation, R.T. Schaeffer

     Lt. Richard T. Schaeffer was awarded an Air Medal for action on 25 April, a DFC for action against a battleship 18 July, a gold star for a second Air Medal for action in Kure Harbor on 24 July, and Purple Heart after his death 30 July, 1945.  At least the last three and perhaps all of them were awarded posthumously, as the administrative machinery ground slower than the length of his life.

VBF-85 Personnel

VBF-85 Personnel MS Excel

VBF-85 Personnel PDF format

Name
Nickname
Rank
Position
Squadron
Reported
Notes
Photo in VBF-85 Cruise book
Baker, Meyer E.   AOM2/c Aviation Ordinanceman 2nd class VBF-85 3-Jan-45   Page 21
Bartschat, Walter Joseph Jr.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45 Mid-air 27-Feb-45 Page 9
Bean, Roy N.  Judge Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Black, James B.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Budge, James R.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 16-Feb-45   Page 17
Cave, Clark N.   ACEM(AA)  Aviation Chief Electrician's Mate VBF-85 3-Jan-45   Page 21
Chapman, John H.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 16-Feb-45   Page 17
Chappell, Glen M.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Chorak, Anton (no middle)   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 3-Aug-45   Page 19
Dahl, Robert B.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Davis, Richard M.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
DeCarlo, Vincent J.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 3-Aug-45   Page 19
DeMott, Richard W. Dirt Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Dixon, Edward, Jr.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Dok, Douglas J.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 18-Feb-45   Page 17
Dunn, John C.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Edwards, William H. Pappy Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Fanjoy, Earl R.   Y1c Yeoman 1st class VBF-85 6-Feb-45   Page 21
Feeley, Jerome L., Jr.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Flowers, James C.   AMM1/c Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st class VBF-85 9-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21
Foltz, Robert R.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 18-Feb-45   Page 17
Fox, Charles W.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
Fox, Donald R., Jr.   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Fuller, Howell L. Curley Lt. Pilot, ACI Officer VBF-85 13-Jan-45   Page 7
Gardner, William H.   AMM1/c Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st class VBF-85 3-Jan-45   Page 21
George, Milton (no middle)   ARM1/c Aviation Radioman 1st class VBF-85 6-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21
Glaize, Olen D.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 3-Aug-45   Page 19
Gordon, Harry L.   AMM1/c Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st class VBF-85 2-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21
Grabill, Rex W.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Gustavus, Jack A.   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 23-Jun-45   Page 17
Heller, Bernard I.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 3-Aug-45   Page 19
Hembree, J. D. "J.D." 2nd.Lt. USMC Pilot VBF-85 6-Jun-45 25-Jun-45 no pic
Hill, Harry E., Jr.   Lt. Admin. Officer VBF-85 3-Apr-45   Page 7
Hite, Robert, W. Bob Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Hitson, Morris W.   1st Lt. USMC Pilot VBF-85 6-Jun-45 6-Jun-45 no pic
Hjelstrom, Joseph G. Gill Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45 MIA 28-Jul-45 Page 13
Hopkins, Peter J. Hoppy Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Horne, Hugh R.   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
Horne, Joseph S. Joe Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
Hulland, Charles Wilbern S. Chuck Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45 MIA 23-Apr-45 Page 9
Januszewski, Joseph   1st.Lt. USMC Pilot VBF-85 6-Jun-45 25-Jun-45 no pic
Johnson, Claude W., Jr.   PR1/c Parachute Rigger 1st class VBF-85 10-Jan-45   Page 21
Jones, William E.   AM1/c Aviation Metalsmith 1st class VBF-85 9-Jan-45   Page 21
Karge, Gustave R.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 25-Jun-45   Page 17
Kastler, William V.   Lt. Pilot, Maintenance Officer VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Kelley, Clarence H., Jr.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Kirkland, Ralph (no middle)   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Koenig, Virgil V.   2nd.Lt. USMC Pilot VBF-85 6-Jun-45 25-Jun-45 no pic
Lear, Everett A.   AMM3/c Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd class VBF-85 2-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Feb-45 Page 21
Lee, Charles R.   ACMM(T) Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 21
Lindley, Kenneth E.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Loeffler, John D.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
Lovdal, Sigurd (no middle)   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45 KIA 3-Jun-45 Page 15
MacKenzie, Kenigh   2nd.Lt. USMC Pilot VBF-85 6-Jun-45 25-Jun-45 no pic
Marr, William H.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45 KIA 2-Jun-45 Page 9
Martin, David M. Gramps Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Matthews, John R.   Ens. Ordinance Officer, Pilot VBF-85 12-Mar-45   Page 7
McCracken, Billie R.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
McGrath, Robert P.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 25-Jun-45   Page 17
Moessmer, Wallace, C.    Ens. Pilot VBF-85 18-Feb-45   Page 13
Moore, Cecil W. Blackfoot Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Myers, Samuel E. Mole Ens. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Nichols, James B.   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
O'Neill, John T. Tex Lt. Cdr Executive Officer (X.O.) VBF-85 2-Jan-45 x-fer 23-Aug-45 Page 5
Parker, Milo Gaines   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 ? Mid-air 18-Jan-45 Page 15
Payne, Owen (no middle) "O" Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Perdue, Daniel R., Jr.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Philipp, Allen O.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 16-Feb-45   Page 17
Phillips, John C.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 16-Feb-45   Page 13
Piveral, Verlin W.   AOM1/c Aviation Ordinanceman 1st class VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 21
Redmon, William E.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 18-Feb-45 x-fer 18-Jul-45 Page 13
Reed, Robert L.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Reichling, Harry W.    Ens. Pilot VBF-85 25-Jun-45   Page 17
Richardson, William L.   ACOM(AA) Aviation Chief Ordinanceman VBF-85 2-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21
Sabin, Donald G.  Deacon Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Sandidge, Falvey M., Jr. Sandy Ens. Pilot VBF-85 2-Mar-45   Page 13
Schaeffer, Richard Tague   Lt.  Pilot VBF-85 16-Feb-45 KIA Ditch 30-Jul-45 Page 17
Sherman, Robert S.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 15
Shinn, William G.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
Shroff, John H.   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45 MIA 3-Jun-45 Page 9
Slates, Leslie N. Slats Ens. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 11
Smith, Warren P.   Lt.  Pilot VBF-85 3-Aug-45   Page 19
Strong, Stockton Birney Skipper Lt. Cdr Commanding Officer (C.O.) VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 5
Stubbs, William S.   PhoM1/c Photographer's Mate 1st class VBF-85 5-Feb-45   Page 21
Thompson, Claud W.   AMM2/c Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd class VBF-85 2-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21
Tuxhorn, George W.   ACRT(AA) Aviation Chief Radio Technician VBF-85 6-Feb-45   Page 21
Watkins, James N., Jr.   AOM3/c Aviation Ordinanceman 3rd class VBF-85 16-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21
Webster, Bayard (no middle)   Lt. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 9
Weeks, John S.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 25-Jun-45 MIA 14-Ju;-45 Page 17
Welch, Leonard D.   Lt. Jg. Pilot VBF-85 2-Jan-45   Page 13
Wilbern, Howard, F.   Ens. Pilot VBF-85 2-Mar-45   Page 9
Wyss, John E.   AMM2/c Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd class VBF-85 2-Jan-45 x-fer 2-Sep-45 Page 21