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Symmes, John C. C.

Date of birth:
August 19th, 1917 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 1st, 1968
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Lived in Lake Wales, Florida, United States.
Lieutenant John C.C. Symmes flew with VF-21 and VF-15 and achieved a total of 10,5 victories.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Unit:
VF-15, U.S.S. Essex (CV-9), U.S. Navy
Action:
Citation:
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John C. C. Symmes, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese forces while assigned to a fighter sweep mission against enemy aircraft in the vicinity of Formosa on 12 October 1944."
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Unit:
Fighter Pilot VF-15, U.S.S. Essex (CV-9), U.S. Navy
Action:
Citation:
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to John C. C. Symmes, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15), embarked from the U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Details:
Awarded as golden star for on the ribbon of the first Navy Cross.
Navy Cross

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