LLOYD K. GREENAMYER, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lloyd Greenamyer '29

Date of birth: November 6, 1906

Date of death: May 15, 1944

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:

Loss

"Greenamyer, at right, in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1940. Courtesy of Lloyd Keyes Greenamyer’s daughter Gretchen Lee Rice."

Lloyd was lost on May 15, 1944 when his aircraft failed to return from a strike on Japanese-held Attu, Alaska. He was commanding officer of Composite Squadron (VC) 21, operating from USS Nassau (CVE 16).

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by his mother and at least one daughter.

Early Career

From Find A Grave:

Lloyd Greenamyer graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1929. After flight Training at Pensacola he was designated Naval Aviator and was assiggned to Fighter Squadron 1, VF-1 Top Hats, attached to USS Saratoga CV-3.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Lloyd Keys Greenamyer (NSN: 0-62608), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Composite Squadron TWENTY-ONE (VC-21), attached to the U.S.S. NASSAU (CVE-16), during the seizure and occupation of Attu Island, Territory of Alaska, in May 1943. At a time when launching and recovery operations were rendered extremely dangerous by poor visibility, Lieutenant Commander Greenamyer repeatedly led his squadron through heavy anti-aircraft fire in a succession of vigorous bombing and strafing raids against hostile installations on the island. These hazardous missions, executed with grim determination and superb flying skill, furnished invaluable support for our ground forces on critical occasions which otherwise might have resulted in more extensive damage to equipment and greater loss of life. His inspiring leadership and relentless fighting spirit, maintained with complete disregard of personal safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander In Chief Pacific: Serial 0185 (January 14, 1944)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

(Note: the citation above has been altered in two ways. First, it gave the unit as VF-21; that conflicts with standard practice for the single squadron embarked on escort carriers, the version of the citation here, Nassau's wikipedia page, this contemporary reference, and his next-of-kin record. Secondly, corrected Nassau's hull number; LHA-4 was not commissioned until 1979.)


Class of 1929

Lloyd is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 in Memorial Hall.