CHARLES R. WARE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles Ware '34

Date of birth: March 11, 1911

Date of death: June 4, 1942

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:

Biography

Charlie is seated 3rd from left.

From Wikipedia's entry:

Charles Rollins Ware was born on 11 March 1911 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He enlisted in the United States Navy on 14 June 1929, and in 1930 was appointed to the United States Naval Academy.

After graduation in 1934, Ware served on the battleship USS Texas (BB-35) and the destroyer USS Dahlgren (DD-187) until February 1940, when he entered flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola at Pensacola, Florida.

Serving as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot with Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) based on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6), Lieutenant Ware and his division of six SBDs attacked the carrier Kaga on 4 June 1942, one of four Japanese carriers sunk in the Battle of Midway.

During their return to the Enterprise they successfully fought off attacks by Japanese fighters, but ran out of fuel and were forced to ditch in the vast Pacific. One crew was rescued and another crew was picked up by a Japanese destroyer and later executed when the enemy sailors learned of their fleet's losses. Ware and the other SBD crewmen were reported missing in action.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Navy Cross

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From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Charles Rollins Ware (NSN: 0-73633), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Scouting Plane of Scouting Squadron SIX (VS-6), attached to the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE (CV-6), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Participating in a devastating assault against a Japanese invasion fleet, Lieutenant Ware, with fortitude and resolute devotion to duty, pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition. His gallant perseverance and disregard for his own personal safety were important contributing factors to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Action Date: June 4 - 6, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6)
Division: U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-6)

Namesakes

The planned destroyer escort USS Charles R. Ware (DE 547) was named for Charlie, but her construction was cancelled in 1944 before construction could begin.

In 1945 the destroyer USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865) was named in his honor.


Class of 1934

Charles is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 in Memorial Hall.