MARK ESLICK, JR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Mark Eslick, Jr. '35

Date of birth: May 8, 1911

Date of death: October 12, 1944

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Mark was lost when his Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver was shot down over Kiirun Harbor, Formosa on October 12, 1944. He was commanding officer of Bombing Squadron (VB) 18, flying from USS Intrepid (CV 11).

His wife was listed as next of kin; they had two children together. His wife, Jane, later remarried a classmate of Mark's. Mark was also survived by his parents and sister.

Other

As reported in the Class News section of the July 1946 issue of Shipmate, Mark had taken over command of Harlan’s VB-18 squadron in February 1944. As commanding officer he “…flew 12 bombing and strafing missions against Palau, the Philippines, Nansli Shoto, and Formosa; led a 700-mile attack which destroyed 55,000 tons of merchant shipping; led 6 unescorted bombers in a devastating attack on harbor installations in the principal port of Northern Formosa.”

Mark's Naval Academy ring is in the collection of the US Naval Academy Museum.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Mark Eslick, Jr. (NSN: 0-74816), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for extraordinary gallantry in action as Commanding Officer of a dive bombing squadron embarked in U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11), on 12 October 1944. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: October 12, 1944
Service: Navy
Division: U.S.S. Intrepid (CV-11)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Mark Eslick, Jr. (NSN: 0-74816), 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
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

July 1936

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS California


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS California:

LTjg Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27 (USS California)
1LT Francis Williams '30 (USS California)
LTjg Frederick Purdy '33 (Battle Force)
ENS Robert Brinker '34 (USS California)
ENS Thomas Hine '34 (USS California)
ENS Henry Gearing, III '35 (USS California)
ENS Ralph Beacham '35 (USS California)
ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35 (USS California)
ENS Dewitt Harrell '35 (USS California)
ENS William Hulson '36 (USS California)
ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36 (USS California)

January 1937

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS California


Others at or embarked at USS California:

LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27 (USS California)
1LT Francis Williams '30 (USS California)
ENS Thomas Hine '34 (USS California)
ENS Henry Gearing, III '35 (USS California)
ENS Ralph Beacham '35 (USS California)
ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35 (USS California)
ENS Dewitt Harrell '35 (USS California)
ENS William Hulson '36 (USS California)
ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36 (USS California)
ENS Walter Bayless '36 (USS California)

April 1937

Ensign, Observation Plane Squadron (VO) 4B, USS California


Others at or embarked at USS California:

LT Gus Lofberg, Jr. '27 (USS California)
1LT Francis Williams '30 (USS California)
ENS Henry Gearing, III '35 (USS California)
ENS Ralph Beacham '35 (USS California)
ENS David Taylor, Jr. '35 (USS California)
ENS Dewitt Harrell '35 (USS California)
ENS George Wagner, Jr. '36 (USS California)
ENS Walter Bayless '36 (USS California)

January 1938

Ensign, staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force)
ENS James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5)
ENS Joseph Evans '36 (USS Chicago)

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

ENS Paul Benthin '38 (USS Chicago)

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), staff, Cruiser Division 5, USS Chicago


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Chicago:

ENS Paul Benthin '38 (USS Chicago)

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 72, USS Wasp


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Wasp:

LCDR Rogers Elliott '22 (USS Wasp)
LT John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LT John Burke '28 (USS Wasp)
LTjg James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 7)
LTjg Dewitt Harrell '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LTjg Webster Johnson '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 7)
ENS John Smith '38 (USS Wasp)
ENS William Cook '38 (USS Wasp)
ENS Lester Wall, Jr. '39 (USS Wasp)

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 72, USS Wasp


Others at or embarked at USS Wasp:

LCDR Rogers Elliott '22 (USS Wasp)
LT John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LT John Burke '28 (USS Wasp)
LTjg James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 71)
LTjg Dewitt Harrell '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LTjg Webster Johnson '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 72)
LTjg Donald Patterson '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
ENS John Smith '38 (USS Wasp)
ENS William Cook '38 (USS Wasp)
ENS Lester Wall, Jr. '39 (USS Wasp)

April 1941

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Squadron (VS) 72, USS Wasp


Others at this command:


Others at or embarked at USS Wasp:

LCDR Rogers Elliott '22 (USS Wasp)
LT John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LT John Burke '28 (USS Wasp)
LT Baylies Clark '30 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LTjg James Fitzpatrick, Jr. '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 72)
LTjg Dewitt Harrell '35 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LTjg Webster Johnson '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 72)
LTjg Porter Maxwell '36 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
LTjg Donald Patterson '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
ENS Frank Case, Jr. '38 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 71)
ENS John Smith '38 (USS Wasp)
ENS William Cook '38 (USS Wasp)
ENS Lester Wall, Jr. '39 (USS Wasp)
ENS John Nichols, Jr. '41 (USS Wasp)


Class of 1935

Mark is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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