FRANK B. QUADY, LCDR, USN
Frank Quady '38
Date of birth: April 25, 1916
Date of death: May 11, 1945
From the 1938 Lucky Bag:
Frank was lost when USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) was struck by two kamikazes on May 11, 1945 while operating off the coast of Okinawa. He was a member of the staff of Task Force 58, commanded by VADM Mark Mitscher. (He was "Jimmy Flatley’s assistant in the TF-58 ops shop.") Frank was one of three officers and nine enlisted men from the staff killed; in all, Bunker Hill suffered 390 dead and 264 wounded.
His wife, Helen, was listed as next of kin. They were married on June 18, 1941. In addition to his wife, he was survived by his son, Roy. His younger brother, Emmett Quady, graduated with the Class of 1943. (Family information from Frank's nephew Scott on December 6, 2017.)
A condolence letter, courtesy of Roy B. Quady (via email from Scott Quady on December 13, 2017):
U. S. S. BUNKER HILL (CV17)
25 May 1945
My dear Mr. Quady,
Before this letter reaches you, you will already have received the sad news from the Navy Department that your son, Lt. Cmdr. Frank B. Quady, (NA), USN, was killed in action against the enemy. Although I realize fully that there is little I can say which will help to alleviate your natural grief, I do want to assure you of the very deep sympathy of every officer and man aboard this ship.
Your son's death on 11 May 1945 was caused by enemy bombing attacks against this vessel while operating in the forward combat area near Japan. Insofar as I can ascertain his death was without suffering and in all probability instantaneous. Due to battle conditions, it was of course necessary to bury his body at sea. This was done with all dignity and reverence on 12 May 1945 with burial services conducted by our Roman Catholic Chaplain. In addition, memorial services with full military honors were held on 20 May 1945 with the ship's company in attendance.
We recall the time after a particularly strenuous and trying day for the pilots of our force that Frank came into the Operations Office and in a very matter of fact manner announced that all of the downed pilots of the day had been rescued. Rescuing downed pilots was a hobby of Fran1s, a sort of extra-curricular activity and the Task Force records will show that the number of rescues reached a new high during the time Frank was a member of the Staff. Many pilots were saved, due to his efforts that might otherwise have been given up for lost.
He excelled in his work as Assistant Operations Officer because of his knowledge of flying, of planes, and of pilots; and his work added materially to the results achieved by Task Force 58. His work was always done promptly and accurately. His friendliness and high sense of humor made him one of the best loved members of the Staff.
Again may I extend my heartfelt sympathy. Please try to take at least some measure of comfort in your sorrow in the thought that your son died as only a brave man can, fighting for those ideals and values and verities which we believe to be more important than even life itself. I can assure you that we who have been granted the opportunity to carry on the fight for him are determined that his death shall not have been in vain.
Very sincerely yours,
Captain, U.S. Navy,
Frank is mentioned nearly two dozen times in the book The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway by John B. Lundstrom.
At the outbreak of the war he was a pilot in Fighting Squadron (VF) 6, and flew from USS Enterprise in the Battle of Midway. His first action report, when his section shot down a reconnaissance float plane, is available here.
Frank was one of the initial members of Fighting Squadron (VF) 11, which was formed at NAS North Island in August 1942. Frank remained with that squadron through at least June 1943. From Axis History:
The VF-11 3d division, led by Quady, became known as the “Iron Men”, the only division in the squadron where each member scored at least once and suffered not a single casualty or aircraft loss in the course of the squadron’s Solomons tour: Lt Frank Quady (2 D3A); Lt(jg) Sol White (1 A6M, 1 D3A); Lt(jg) Charlie Schild (1 G4M); and Lt(jg) John Cooke (1 D3A, 1 G4M).
He is also mentioned repeatedly in this book on VF-11/111 'Sundowners'.
From Scott Quady, his nephew, via email on December 10, 2017:
- 4/25/1916: Born, Minneapolis, MN (Francis, Frank)
- 6/14/1934: Oath of Office, USNA, Appointed Midshipman from Minnesota (Hon. E. Lundeen, At Large, MN)
- 7/XX/1935: Summer cruise: USS Arkansas (BB-33)
- 7/XX/1937: Summer cruise: USS Wyoming (BB-32)
- 6/2/1938: Commissioned Ensign to rank from 6/2/38 (graduation).
- 6/2/1938: Accepted appointment and executed oath of office. Duty connection fitting out USS Boise CL-47, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.
- 6/30/1938: Reported: USS Boise CL-47
- 4/1/1939: USNA Qualifying Exam (estimated day: Month, Year correct).
- 4/8/1939: Assignment for USS Ralph Talbot DD-390
- 6/17/1939: I.Commissioning on, 8/12/38. Detached USS Boise CL-47
- 6/21/1939: Reported: USS Ralph Talbot DD-390
- 5/9/1940: Assignment: Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. [NA9 Corry Field](Instruction in heavier-than-air aircraft)
- 7/3/1940: Detached: USS Ralph Talbot DD-390
- 7/14/1940: Reported: Pensacola Naval Air Station - NA9 Corry Field (Instruction in heavier-than-air aircraft)
- 11/19/1940: Assignment: Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. [NA9 Corry Field](Duty involving flying under instruction)
- 11/25/1940: Detached: Pensacola Naval Air Station - NA9 Corry Field (Instruction in heavier-than-air aircraft)
- 11/25/1940: Reported: Pensacola Naval Air Station - NA9 Corry Field (Duty involving flying under instruction)
- 2/17/1941: Assignment: Naval Air Station, Miami, Fla. [NA30] (Instruction involving flying)
- 2/17/1941: Assignment: Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6) - USS Enterprise CV-6 (Duty involving flying)
- 2/21/1941: Detached: Pensacola Naval Air Station - NA9 Corry Field (Duty involving flying under instruction)
- 2/23/1941: Reported: Miami, Naval Air Station - NA30 (Instruction involving flying)
- 4/5/1941: Detached: Miami, Naval Air Station - NA30 (Instruction involving flying)
- 4/24/1941: Reported: Fighting Squadron Six (VF-6) - USS Enterprise CV-6 (Duty involving flying)[San Diego - NA11/Long Beach - NA16)
- 06/XX/41: Marries Helen Phyllis Mlinar
- 10/13/1941: Commissioned regular Lieutenant (jg) to rank from 6/2/41
- 12/1/1941: TF8: First Tour: Wake Island
- 2/1/1942: USS Enterprise CV-6 Gilbert and Marshall Islands Raid (Pres. Unit Citation)
- 2/1/1942: TF8: Gilberts/Marshalls (USS Enterprise CV-6)
- 2/24/1942: USS Enterprise CV-6 Wake Island Raid (Pres. Unit Citation)
- 3/4/1942: USS Enterprise CV-6 Marcus Island Raid (Pres. Unit Citation)
- 4/1/1942: TF16: Doolittle Mission (USS Enterprise CV-6)
- 6/4/1942: USS Enterprise CV-6 Battle of Midway (Pres. Unit Citation)
- 6/4/1942: TF1: Midway (USS Enterprise CV-6)
- 6/15/1942: Appointed Lieutenant, for temporary service, to rank from 6/15/42
- 8/XX/1942: Move from Oahu,HI to San Diego, CA (HPQ-FBQ)
- 8/31/1942: Assignment: Carrier Replacement Squadrons (VF-11), Pacific Fleet. Fleet Air, Alameda, Ca. (NA27)(Temporary duty involving flying).
- 10/20/1942: Assignment: VF-11
- 10/23/1942: Transport (gap): USS Chenango (CVE-28) San Diego, CA to Oahu, HI - NAS Barbers Point (NA70)
- 11/1/1942: Assignment: VF-11 Training as "Sun Downers" - NAS Maui (NA54), HI thru 2/43
- 2/1/1943: Departed: Pearl Harbor, T.H. - (USS Altamaha CVE-18 &/or USS Long Island CVE-1)
- 3/6/1943: VF-11 Detach from CVE's to Nandi (Fiji Islands)(NA- )
- 3/7/1943: VF-11 Assignment at Nandi (Fiji Islands)(NA- ), on short notice to Guadalcanal
- 4/1/1943: Reported: Fighter 1, Guadalcanal utilizing F4F-4 [spot Air Medal: single sortie/2 down]
- 4/25/1943: VF-11 Detach from Nandi (Fiji Islands)(NA- ), to Lunga Point Strip aka: Fighter 1, Guadalcanal, Solomons
- 7/XX/1943: Transport: from Guadalcanal to Espiritu Santo
- 8/XX/1943: Transport: from Espirtu Santo to Alameda, CA - NAS (NA-27)
- 8/24/1943: Assignment: Fleet Air, West Coast (Duty involving flying - Fighting Squadron Type Instructor) Seattle, Wa. (NA-45)
- 8/26/1943: Detached: Carrier Replacement Squadrons (VF-11), Alameda, Ca. (NA-27) (Temporary duty involving flying)
- 10/2/1943: Reported: Fleet Air, West Coast (Duty involving flying - Fighting Squadron Type Instructor) Seattle, Wa. (NA-45)
- 12/30/1943: Assignment: Staff, Commander, Fleet Air, Seattle, Wa. (NA-13)(Duty involving flying)
- 4/15/1944: Appointed Lieutenant Commander, for temporary service, to rank from March 1, 1944.
- 10/1/1944: Declaration: Tri-Part Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS): Okinawa Sea, Volcanoes/Bonins and (?Sea of Japan).
- 11/28/1944: Assignment: Staff, Commander First Carrier Task Force (TF58) Pacific Fleet (Duty involving flying)
- 1/1/1945: Departs: USS Bunker Hill CV-17 from Bremerton, Wa.
- 2/7/1945: Reported: Staff, Commander First Carrier Task Force (TF58) Pacific Fleet (Duty involving flying) at Ulithi, USS Bunker Hill CV-17.(Flown in)
- 2/15/1945: USS Bunker Hill CV-17 (TF58) Iwo Jima Operation, Assault and Occupation of Iwo Jima. 5th Fleet Raids against Honshu and the Nansei Shoto through 3/16/45.
- 3/17/1945: USS Bunker Hill CV-17 (TF58) Okinawa Gunto Operation, 5th and 3rd Fleet Raids in support of Okinawa Gunto Operation through 6/11/45.
- 5/11/1945: Kamikaze attack/USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
- 5/28/1945: Western Union: Lt. Cdr., Frank B. Quady, KIA (First written notice to HPQ; Second notice to ALQ)
Distinguished Flying Cross
From Hall of Valor:
SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Frank B. Quady (NSN: 0-81202), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.
General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
He was also awarded a second Distinguished Flying Cross; unable to find full citations for these medals.
From a document provided by Scott Quady via email on December 13, 2017:
For meritorious achievement as Assistant Operations Officer and Staff Watch Officer, attached to the Staff of the Commander, FIRST Carrier Task Force, embarked on the U.S.S. BUNKER HILL, during combat operations against enemy Japanese forces Pacific War Area, from December20, 1944, to May 11, 1945. Exercising reliable judgement and sound tactical ability, Lieutenant Commander Quady rendered invaluable assistance during the planning and execution of extensive operations against the Japanese Empire, including the first Tokyo raids, support of the landings on Iwo Jima, strikes against Kyushu and the Eure Naval Base, support of the Okinawa landings and an engagement with major units of the Japanese Fleet on April 7. Working tirelessly and with resourceful initiative in coordinating Air-Sea Rescue operations throughout this period of intensive combat action, he aided materially in effecting the rescue of numerous downed airmen. By his inspiring leadership, cool courage and zealous devotion to duty is the face of tremendous odds, Lieutenant Commander Quady oontributed materially to the success of his task force operations and his gallant conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
From a document provided by Scott Quady via email on December 13, 2017:
For meritorious achievement while serving with Fighting Squadron ELEVEN during section against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area from April 28 to July 10, 1943. Participating in routine patrols, task force covers, escort missions and fighter sweeps, Lieutenant Quady carried out his flight assignments with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety. On one occasion, in order to intercept a hostile air force threatening our shipping off Lunga and Koli Points, he led a four-plane division of fighters in a 10,000 foot dive out of the sun. Launching overhead and stern runs on the leading formation of dive bombers, he shot down two out of a total of seven Japanese aircraft destroyed by his flight. His superb flying skill and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 14 December 1944
Frank was awarded several other air medals — specifically a silver and four gold stars in lieu of other awards — but unable to find citations for those medals.