From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Benjamin Pugh '43

Date of birth: October 21, 1920

Date of death: December 17, 1951

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Ben was lost on December 18, 1951, when the AD-2 Skyraider he was piloting was destroyed by its own bomb blast. He ditched the aircraft into Wonsan Harbor, but was found dead later, likely from exposure.

He was Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron (VF) 194, which was operating from USS Valley Forge (CV 45).

Ben is buried in Kentucky.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Benjamin T. Pugh, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-FOUR (VF-194), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 14 December 1950.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1952)
Action Date: December 14, 1950
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighter Squadron 194 (VF-194)

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Class of 1943

Benjamin is one of 81 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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