DEWITT W. SHUMWAY, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dewitt Shumway '32

Date of birth: October 31, 1909

Date of death: April 4, 1946

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Obituary

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From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Shumway was designated naval aviator #4243 in 1936. Graduated from US Naval Academy, Class of 1932. Was awarded two Navy Crosses and two Distinguished Flying Crosses during World War II. Was involved in the Battle of Midway as the executive officer of Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3).

Commander Shumway and eight other officers and enlisted men were killed on Culebra Island when aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa (CV-40) accidently bombed an observation tower located near the weapons range.

Shumway was the son of Harold Rouse and Pearl May Wood Shumway. In addition to his mother and sister Mrs. Ruth (Joseph) Dalton, he left his widow, the former Miss Helen Diane Battle and son David.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander DeWitt Wood Shumway (NSN: 0-71403), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber and Acting Commander of Bombing Squadron THREE (VB-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Lieutenant Commander Shumway led his squadron in a vigorous dive-bombing assault against Japanese naval units, in the face of concentrated anti-aircraft fire and powerful fighter opposition, and pressed home his attack with courageous aggressiveness and utter disregard for his own personal safety. His capable initiative and inspiring leadership contributed to the high state of combat efficiency which enabled his squadron to score at least five direct hits on an enemy aircraft carrier. Lieutenant Commander Shumway's inspiring leadership and the valiant devotion to duty of his command contributed in large measure to the outstanding success of these vital missions and reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 3013 (July 16, 1942)
Action Date: June 4 - 6, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Bombing Squadron 3 (VB-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander DeWitt Wood Shumway (NSN: 0-71403), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Squadron Commander of Bombing Squadron THREE (VB-3), attached to the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), during the operations of the U.S. Naval forces against a Japanese Naval Task Force in the Solomon Islands area on 24 August 1942. Without regard for intense anti-aircraft fire and air opposition, he led his squadron in a dive bombing attack with precision, vigor and heroic determination. In so doing he contributed to an extraordinary measure to the glorious destruction of a Japanese aircraft carrier.

Action Date: August 24, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Bombing Squadron 3 (VB-3)
Division: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander DeWitt Wood Shumway (NSN: 0-71403), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while participating in aerial flight in the line of his profession, as Squadron Commander Bombing Squadron THREE (VB-3), embarked in the U.S.S. SARATOGA (CV-3), during operations of the U.S. Naval forces against the Japanese occupied Solomon Islands on 7 August 1942. He led his squadron in three determined and effective dive bombing and strafing attacks against enemy land installations and troop concentrations, thereby assisting in completely silencing enemy opposition and assuring the success of our landing operations without undue casualties. In so doing he contributed in an extraordinary measure to the successful and glorious invasion of our forces in that area. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 7, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Bombing Squadron 3 (VB-3)
Division: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3)

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1932

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: LT Robert Smith, Jr. '19, LTjg Roderick Rooney '29, ENS Samuel Dealey '30, ENS Howard Abbott '31, and ENS George Bellinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

January 1933

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: LTjg Roderick Rooney '29, ENS Samuel Dealey '30, ENS Howard Abbott '31, and ENS George Bellinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1933

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Samuel Dealey '30, ENS Howard Abbott '31, and ENS George Bellinger '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg John Nelson '28 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1933

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Samuel Dealey '30, ENS George Bellinger '32, ENS Milton Stephens '33, and ENS Thomas Peters '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1933

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: LTjg Samuel Dealey '30, ENS George Bellinger '32, ENS Milton Stephens '33, and ENS Thomas Peters '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

April 1934

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS George Bellinger '32, ENS Milton Stephens '33, and ENS Thomas Peters '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

July 1934

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS George Bellinger '32, ENS Milton Stephens '33, and ENS Thomas Peters '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B).

October 1934

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Milton Stephens '33 and ENS Thomas Peters '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS George Bellinger '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B).

January 1935

Ensign, USS Nevada

Others at this command: ENS Milton Stephens '33 and ENS Thomas Peters '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Charles Crommelin '31 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 3B) and ENS George Bellinger '32 (Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 2B).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Donald Lovelace '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger), and ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Donald Lovelace '28 and LTjg Finley Hall '29.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger), and ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Donald Lovelace '28, LTjg Finley Hall '29, and LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 41, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 and LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 41, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LT Donald Lovelace '28 and LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6, USS New Orleans

Others at or embarked at USS New Orleans: ENS David Zabriskie, Jr. '36 (USS New Orleans), ENS Oliver Ramsey '37 (USS New Orleans), ENS Harry Bass '38 (USS New Orleans), and ENS Roy Hale, Jr. '38 (USS New Orleans).

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 6, USS New Orleans

Others at or embarked at USS New Orleans: ENS Oliver Ramsey '37 (USS New Orleans), ENS Harry Bass '38 (USS New Orleans), and ENS Roy Hale, Jr. '38 (USS New Orleans).

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), Training Squadron (VN) 1D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LCDR John Waldron '24.

Others at or embarked at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida: LT Renwick Calderhead '27 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT Finley Hall '29 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT John Yoho '29 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), CAPT Paul Moret '30 (Training Squadron (VN) 3D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT John Huntley '31 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Albert Major, Jr. '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Daniel Gothie '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Martin Koivisto '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg John McCormack, Jr. '33 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Archibald Stone, Jr. '34 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Wendell Froling '34 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Dewitt Harrell '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), 1LT James Crowther '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Mark Eslick, Jr. '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Frank Robinson '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg John Hunter '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Ralph Embree '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Walter Bayless '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Webster Johnson '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg William Hulson '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Donald Patterson '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Edward O'Hare '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Harold Shrider '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Howard Nester, Jr. '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS James Mayes '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Macdonald Thompson '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Patrick Hart '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Paul Riley '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Raymond Moore '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida).

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Training Squadron (VN) 1D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at or embarked at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida: CDR William Sample '19 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT Finley Hall '29 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT John Yoho '29 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT Charles Ostrom '30 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT Lance Massey '30 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Daniel Gothie '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg George Bellinger '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Martin Koivisto '32 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LT William Townsend '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Training Squadron (VN) 5D8, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Charles Ware '34 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), 1LT Floyd Parks '34 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Jack Ferguson '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Joel Davis, Jr. '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg John Powers '35 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Frank Robinson '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg James Southerland, II '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg Roy Krogh '36 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Alexander Groves, II '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Donald Patterson '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Frank Henderson, Jr. '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Harold Shrider '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Howard Nester, Jr. '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS James Mayes '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), LTjg John Thomas '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS John Boal '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Macdonald Thompson '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Paul Riley '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), 2LT Radford West '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Raymond Moore '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Alphonse Minvielle '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Donald Smith '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), 2LT Dorrance Radcliffe '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Frank Quady '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Harry Howell '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Howard Clark '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), 2LT John Maclaughlin, Jr. '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), ENS Richard Crommelin '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida), and ENS William Brady '38 (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida).

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LCDR George Grove '15, CDR William Sample '19, LT Finley Hall '29, LT John Yoho '29, LT William Pennewill '29, LT Lance Massey '30, LT Albert Major, Jr. '32, LT Daniel Gothie '32, LT George Bellinger '32, LT John Spiers '32, LT Martin Koivisto '32, ENS Frank Peterson '33, LTjg John Phillips, Jr. '33, LTjg Charles Ware '34, LTjg Charles Brewer '34, CAPT Floyd Parks '34, LTjg Frank Whitaker '34, LTjg George Nicol '34, LTjg Philip Torrey, Jr. '34, LTjg Walker Ethridge '34, LTjg Allan Edmands '35, LTjg John Powers '35, LTjg Richard Stephenson '35, LTjg Victor Gadrow '35, LTjg Porter Maxwell '36, LTjg Roy Krogh '36, LTjg Frank Henderson, Jr. '37, LTjg John Thomas '37, LTjg John Boal '37, LTjg Richard Hughes '37, ENS Alphonse Minvielle '38, ENS Carl Holmstrom '38, ENS Charles Anderson '38, ENS Charles King '38, ENS Charles Reimann '38, ENS Curtis Howard '38, ENS Donald Smith '38, 2LT Douglas Keeler '38, ENS Edmundo Gandia '38, ENS Eric Allen, Jr. '38, ENS Frank Quady '38, ENS Frank Case, Jr. '38, ENS Harry Bass '38, ENS Harry Howell '38, ENS Howard Clark '38, ENS Howard Fischer '38, ENS James Ginn '38, 2LT James Owens '38, ENS Jep Jonson '38, ENS John Kelley '38, ENS John Erickson '38, 2LT John Maclaughlin, Jr. '38, ENS John Eversole '38, ENS Leonard Thornhill '38, ENS Marion Dufilho '38, ENS Osborne Wiseman '38, ENS Oswald Zink '38, ENS Richard Crommelin '38, ENS Robert Seibels, Jr. '38, ENS Roy Green, Jr. '38, ENS Roy Hale, Jr. '38, ENS William Brady '38, ENS William Tate, Jr. '38, and ENS William Lamberson '38.

April 1941

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas

Others at this command: LT Lloyd Greenamyer '29.


Class of 1932

Dewitt is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.