RAYMOND A. MOORE, LT, USN
Raymond Moore '37
Date of birth: April 27, 1913
Date of death: June 4, 1942
From the 1937 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Lewis Jackson "Jake" Moore and Anna Viola Gaver were married about 1910 and had at least five children; Lewis Jackson Jr., Raymond Austin, Dorothy Anna, George Thomas, and Ralph Gaver Moore. After his mother died in 1922 his father married Rosa M Talley about 1925 and they had at least two children; Wilford Holton and Gloria L Moore. Raymond married June Anita Haugen in 1939 in Escambia county, FL. After his death she married several more times. She died 11 Feb 2005 in Washington state. It is not known if they had any children.
Raymond A. Moore entered the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD on 6 July 1933 as an at large selection. He graduated with the class of 1937 and was commissioned an Ensign on 3 Jun 1937. His first sea duty assignment began on 30 Jun 1937 and was aboard the battleship USS Idaho (BB-42) that was stationed in the Pacific during his time aboard. That tour ended in early Jun 1939. He began his aviation training in Pensacola on 27 Jun 1939. He was promoted to the permanent rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (Ltjg) on 3 Jun 1940. Later he was promoted on 2 Jan 1942 to the temporary rank of Lieutenant. He began an assignment in Aug 1941 which may have been a tour of duty with Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8).
On the morning of 4 Jun 1942 the Hornet Air Group consisting of 59 aircraft took off from her flight deck to attack the Japanese Striking Force. Only Torpedo Squadron Eight's 15 Devastators found their targets. Attacking without protecting fighter cover VT-8 was overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese fighter aircraft and anti aircraft fire, but they continued their attack profiles until one by one they were shot down. Lt Raymond Moore and his gunner/radioman, ARM1 Tom H. Pettry did not return. Their remains were unrecoverable. According to the Hornet's Midway battle after action report dated 13 Jun 1942 they were listed as "missing in action." In that report Rear Admiral (Select) Mitscher, Hornet CO, nominated each member of Torpedo Eight who flew into battle on 4 Jun 1942 for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Lt Moore was awarded (posthumously) the Navy Cross, The Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation.
His wife was listed as next of kin.
Ray was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940; on June 20, 1940 he was designated naval aviator #6502. He was promoted to LT on January 2, 1942. He was the engineering officer for Torpedo Squadron (VT) 8 when he was killed in action. (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Raymond Austin Moore (NSN: 0-78636), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), attached to the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Lieutenant Moore resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, delivered an effective torpedo attack against violent assaults of enemy Japanese aircraft fire. His courageous action, carried out with a gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and a conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of his mission, was a determining factor in the defeat of the enemy forces and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: June 4, 1942
Company: Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8)
Division: U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)