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First Name: Robert

Last Name: Carmichael

Birthplace: Farmington, MN, USA


Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: East Bernard, TX
Middle Name: L.

Date of Birth: 21 March 1921

Rank or Rate: Lieutenant

Years Served:
Robert L. Carmichael

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Robert L. Carmichael

Lieutenant, U. S. Navy

Navy Cross

Commander Fast Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 0439 (August 20, 1944)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant [then Lieutenant, Junior Grade] Robert Carmichael, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron ONE (VB-1), Air Group ONE (AG-1), attached to the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CVL-10), in action against major units of the Japanese Fleet during the First Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 20 June 1944.
Flying at extreme range from base to participate in a daring strike on a hostile aircraft carrier, Lieutenant Carmichael fought his plane gallantly against enemy intercepting aircraft and, going in low despite the intense hostile anti-aircraft fire, he launched a brilliantly executed dive-bombing attack which resulted in the scoring of three direct and two probably hits on the enemy warship. With his fuel supply nearly exhausted, he succeeded in making a safe night carrier landing under the most hazardous conditions. Lieutenant Carmichael's great personal valor and aggressive fighting spirit in the fulfillment of a dangerous mission reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

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Texas WWII Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 315782   Created by: drjones46




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