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|58k||Richard Alonzo Jaccard was born 1 July 1918, in Troy, Mo., and enlisted in the Naval Reserve 29 October 1940. He later underwent flight training and upon graduation was commissioned Ensign 27 September 1941. Reporting to famed carrier Enterprise (CV 6) in April 1942, Ens. Jaccard took part 4 June 1942 in one of the most important battles in all naval history, the Battle of Midway. As American carrier groups moved to meet the Japanese thrust at Midway, Jaccard, as part of Scouting Squadron 6, attacked enemy carriers during the morning, knocking out Akagi and Kaga. That afternoon the squadron carried out another devastating attack, sinking carrier Hiryu, For his part in a great victory, Jaccard was awarded the Navy Cross. Following further missions with Scouting Squadron 6, Jaccard was transferred to Bombing Squadron 6 in Wasp (CV-7). While supporting the Guadalcanal campaign from the carrier. Ens. Jaccard was killed when Wasp was torpedoed and sunk 15 September 1942.
USS Jaccard (DE 355) (1944-1946) was the first ship named in his honor. (U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
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