DAVID H. POPE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David Pope '39

Date of birth: October 3, 1917

Date of death: July 18, 1943

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Took off from Banika Island in the Russell Island Group on an escort mission for B-24s bombing Kahili Airfield. Over the target, intercepted enemy fighters. This Wildcat failed to return.

He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 26, which was normally attached to USS Sangamon (CVE 26).

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant David Henshaw Pope (NSN: 0-82732), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while participating in an aerial flight as Pilot of a plane of Escort Fighting Squadron TWENTY-SIX (VF-26), attached to the U.S.S. SANGAMON (CVE-26), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco from 8 November to 11 November 1942. Lieutenant Pope distinguished himself by a meritorious display of superb airmanship on the afternoon of 10 November 1942, when as Commander of a Division of Fighter Aircraft, he participated in an attack which resulted in a complete rout of hostile tanks. In the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, he pressed home devastating bombing and strafing attacks from low altitudes, contributing materially to the success of the mission. Throughout hostilities, Lieutenant Pope conducted himself in a manner deserving great credit and showed initiative and sound leadership as a Division Leader. The repeated demonstrations of leadership, aggressiveness and airmanship described were of the highest order and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 00160 (March 24, 1943)
Action Date: November 8 - 11, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighting Squadron 26 (VF-26)
Division: U.S.S. Sangamon (CVE-26)

Possible Memorial Hall Error

One source lists David as a LCDR; he is listed elsewhere, including Memorial Hall, as a LT. Posthumous promotion?


Class of 1939

David is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.