GORDON E. SCHECTER, CDR, USN
Gordon Schecter '35
Date of birth: June 4, 1912
Date of death: March 18, 1945
From the 1935 Lucky Bag:
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.
Gordon became naval aviator #5972 on May 16, 1939.
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
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Carrier Air Group
Division: U.S.S. San Jacinto (CVL-30)