GORDON E. SCHECTER, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Gordon Schecter '35

Date of birth: June 4, 1912

Date of death: March 18, 1945

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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Gordon was lost when his F6F-5 Hellcat was shot down over Okinawa on March 18, 1945. He was commanding officer of Air Group (CAG) 45, flying from USS San Jacinto (CVL 30). The aircraft belonged to Fighting Squadron (VF) 45.

His wife was listed as next of kin; they married on June 1, 1939 in Pensacola, Florida. Gordon's remains were recovered and returned to the United States in 1949; he is buried in California.

Career

Gordon became naval aviator #5972 on May 16, 1939.

He became a fighter ace on February 16, 945, when he was credited with his fifth air-to-air victory. He was commanding officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 45 at the time.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Commander Gordon Eugene Schecter (NSN: 0-74846), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of a Carrier Air Group in the U.S.S. SAN JACINTO (CVL-30). On 16 February 1945, he led his group in a coordinated attack against a vital enemy aircraft plant north of Tokyo. Despite adverse weather conditions and intense anti-aircraft fire his group caused heavy damage to the installations. On retirement from the target his group was viciously attacked by an overwhelming number of enemy fighter planes and a furious air battle ensured. During the course of this battle fighter and torpedo planes of his group destroyed at least twelve enemy planes without loss of a single plane. His courageous and unfaltering leadership and professional skill were an inspiration to each member of his group and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 031822 (August 20, 1945)
Action Date: February 16, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Carrier Air Group
Division: U.S.S. San Jacinto (CVL-30)


Class of 1935

Gordon is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 in Memorial Hall.