Lynch, John Joseph

Date of birth:
October 21st, 1911 (Boston/Massachusetts, United States)
Date of death:
November 21st, 1988 (Washington/District of Columbia, United States)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

John J. Lynch served with the U.S. Navy from June 1935 until July 1970 and finally reached the rank of Rear Admiral.

He served on the U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3), the U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8) with Carrier Group 13 (CAG-13), the Staff, Commander Carrier Division Two (CD-2), the U.S.S. Lake Champlain (CVA-39), as Captain on the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CV-43, flagship, 1960-1961) and the U.S.S. Essex (CVN-9).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1943
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
Pilot Bombing Squadron Eight (VB-8), U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)
Awarded on:
July 1943
Action:
Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Dive Bomber of Bombing Squadron EIGHT (VB-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway," against enemy Japanese forces on 6 June 1942. With utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of intense antiaircraft fire, Lieutenant Lynch participated in determined and effective bombing and strafing attacks on fleeing enemy Japanese forces, obtaining a successful hit on one of the enemy ships. His airmanship, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Details:
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 316 (July 1943).
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Action:
Received with 11 battle stars.
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

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