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Neefus, James L.

Date of birth:
November 5th, 1911 (New York, United States)
Date of death:
October 15th, 1991
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: 59. Grave: 2822.
Service number:
0-5391 (U.S. Marine Corps)
American (1776 - present, Republic)


James Neefus was raised in Rockaway Beach, Florida, United States and was F2A-3 Buffalo pilot at Midway. Later he formed squadron VMF-215 and took it to Guadalcanal in F4U-1 Corsairs

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221), Marine Aircraft Group 22 (MAG-22), U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on:
June 19th, 1942
Awarded for:
Operation MI
"For extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as Commander of a division of fighting planes and Pilot of an aircraft in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VMF-221), Marine Air Group TWENTY-TWO (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway, in action with the enemy during aerial combat in the vicinity of Midway Island on 10 March 1942. During the near approach of an enemy four-engined seaplane to the Island of Midway, Captain Neefus, with his command, was ordered to intercept and destroy the enemy plane. Despite difficult aerial combat conditions, because of heavy cloud formations of which the enemy plane took full advantage in his evasive tactics, Captain Neefus led his command of fighting planes into the action in a determined, aggressive and effective manner which resulted in the destruction of the enemy four-engined seaplane without loss to his own force. The action throughout was conducted in accordance with the best traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on June 19th, 1942.
Navy Cross
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)


  • Photo 1: Robert Neefus
  • - Sterner C.D., Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present
    - Familie records via Robert F. Dorr
    - Military Times, Hall of Valor