From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roy Hale, Jr. '38

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: May 8, 1942

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Roy was lost when his SBD-3 Dauntless dive bomber was shot down by Japanese carrier aircraft on May 8, 1942, during the Battle of the Coral Sea. He was flying with Scouting Squadron (VS) 3 from USS Lexington (CV 2).

His parents were listed as next of kin.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Roy Orestus Hale, Jr (NSN: 0-81325), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Coral Sea, 7 to 8 May 1942. As Pilot of a Scouting Plane during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Hale boldly engaged attacking Japanese aircraft in spite of fierce fighter opposition.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943)
Action Date: May 7 - 8, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Scouting Squadron


USS Roy O. Hale (DE 336) was named for Roy; the ship was sponsored by his mother.

Class of 1938

Roy is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.