From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Osborne Wiseman '38

Date of birth: February 20, 1915

Date of death: June 4, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


1938 Wiseman 1.jpg

From Find A Grave:

Paul Carter Wiseman and Nora C. Dover, both of Zanesville, OH, were married on 28 Aug 1912 in Muskingum county, OH. To them were born two children: Donald D. and Osborne Beeman Wiseman. Nora died suddenly on 10 Nov 1918 of Influenza. Donald and Osborne were raised by their paternal grandmother and their father's sister, Audrey. Paul married his second wife, Margaret Terry, on 30 Nov 1922 in Muskingum county, OH. Paul died less than 2 weeks after son Osborne's wedding. Osborne married June Laverne Smith on 18 Jun 1940 in Annapolis, MD. Their only child, Judith Lee Wiseman, was born 26 April 1942 in Alameda county, CA. She married Gerald F. Farkas on 17 Aug 1963 in Annapolis.

Osborne attended Lash High School in Zanesville from 1928-1932. He received an appointment to the Naval Academy and entered at Annapolis, MD in 1934. After graduation in 1938 Ensign Wiseman reported for sea duty after his graduation to the USS Saratoga (CV-3) until October 1939 when he detached for duty with the new construction USS Roe (DD-418) then in Charleston, SC. He served aboard her until September 1940 when he was ordered to flight training at NAS Pensacola. He completed flight training in May 1941 and was subsequently assigned to Bombing Squadron Three (VB-3) aboard USS Saratoga. He was promoted to Ltjg on 2 Jun 1941. After the Saratoga was torpedoed on 11 Jan 1942 she was sent first to Pearl Harbor where her Air Group squadrons were transferred ashore, and then to the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington for repairs. Her air group squadrons operated from Ford Island and were assigned to other units as operations required.

During the 1942 Doolittle raid over Tokyo it was Ltjg Wiseman (attached to VB-6) who flew low over the deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise to drop the weighted note advising that a Japanese picket ship had been spotted, thereby informing the command that the mission might have been compromised. Several months later, on the morning of 4 Jun 1942, Ltjg Wiseman launched with other aircraft from Air Group Three from USS Yorktown (CV-5) to attack the Japanese Striking Force. Their attack on the Soryu rendered the carrier a flaming hulk. While their squadron was returning to Yorktown the SBDs found her under attack by Japanese aircraft from the Hiryu. Unable to land on Yorktown most of the returning SBDs of VB-3 had to land on Enterprise (CV-6). Rearmed and refueled, the bombing group, unofficially called "bombing 63*," launched from Enterprise to attack Hiryu. It was during this successful attack that Ltjg Wiseman and his gunner, ARM3 Grant Ulysses Dawn, were killed in action when their plane was shot down by enemy aircraft.

"*Bombing 63" is a combination signifying Bombing Six and Bombing Three. bio compiled by G47

His wife was listed as next of kin.


From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 7221, 2/28/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register 6/2/1941
  • VB-3 USS Enterprise (CV-6), 4/18/1942
  • VB-3 USS Yorktown (CV-5) NX PH KIA, 6/4/1942

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Osborne Beeman Wiseman (NSN: 0-81188), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron THREE (VB-3), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 - 6 June 1942. Defying extreme danger from a concentrated barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Wiseman, with utter disregard for his own safety, participated in persistent and vigorous attacks against the Japanese invasion fleet, thereby contributing in great measure to the glorious and decisive victory of our forces. His gallant intrepidity and loyal devotion to the accomplishment of a vastly important objective contributed in large measure to the success achieved by our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 309 (December 1942)
Action Date: June 4 - 6, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Battalion: Bombing Squadron 3 (VB-3)
Division: U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-5)


USS Wiseman (DE 667) is named for Osborne. The ship was sponsored by his widow, June Holton.

Class of 1938

Osborne is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.