Greenwell, John "Jack"

Date of birth:
September 25th, 1922 (Philadelphia, United States)
Date of death:
January 8th, 2011 (Providence/Rhode Island, United States)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

John "Jack" Greenwell lived in Rhode Island for the better part of his life. He was married to Justine Shaw Paasche from Providence, Rhode Island. The couple had two daughters, Jacqueline and Sandra.
Between 1950 and 1960 Jack Greenwell sold industrial equipment. Together with his spouse, he was to take charge of Paasche Optical in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Ensign
Unit:
Bombing Squadron 9 (VB-9), U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1945
Action:
"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron NINE (VB-9), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-10), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the East China Sea on 7 April 1945. Undaunted by intense anti-aircraft fire and a low cloud cover which obscured the target, Lieutenant, Junior Grade (then Ensign), Greenwell pressed home a glide-bombing attack against units of the enemy Fleet including a battleship, a cruiser and screening destroyers, scoring direct hits on the fantail of the cruiser and contributing to its sinking. His airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Navy Cross

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