From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ernest Wood, Jr. '38

Date of birth: January 31, 1916

Date of death: June 19, 1944

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Ernest was lost on June 19, 1944 when his F6F-3 Hellcat was shot down west of Guam. He was flying with Fighting Squadron (VF) 27 as the commander of the air group aboard USS Princeton (CVL 23)

His wife, Evelyn, was listed as next of kin. She continued to live in Annapolis until her death in 2009. Ernest has a memory marker in Annapolis, Maryland.

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 Ernest W. Wood, Jr. (NSN: 0-129880), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as commander of an air group attached to the U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVL-23), in action in the Marianas Islands from 11 to 19 June 1944. Lieutenant Commander Wood led his group on numerous strikes against enemy airfields and installations in support of our ground forces. He destroyed parked aircraft and severely damaged military positions, later carrying out hazardous reconnaissance flights at low altitudes to determine the damage inflicted on these raids.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 333 (December 1944)
Action Date: June 11 - 19, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVL-23)

Class of 1938

Ernest is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.