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|11k||Dale William Peterson was born o 18 November 1919 in St. Joseph, Mo. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 26 March 1940 for aviation training. Commissioned as Ensign on 05 April 1941,
he reported to Fighting Squadron 6 on 12 May 1941, and flew with that group until his death on 08 May 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Ensign Peterson was awarded the Navy Cross for
distinguished service in intercepting enemy bombers attacking his carrier on 20 February 1942, and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the Battle of the
Coral Sea in which he gave his life.
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Dale William Peterson (NSN: 0-85948), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron THREE (VF3), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy forces in the Pacific War Area when his ship was attacked by eighteen Japanese bombing planes on 20 February 1942. In the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, Ensign Peterson intercepted a formation of nine enemy aircraft and succeeded in shooting down one twin-engine bomber and aided in shooting down another. Ensign Peterson's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
USS Dale W. Peterson (DE 337) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the web site, The Hall of Valor Project)
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|436k||1944: An overhead starboard view of USS Dale W. Peterson (DE 337) early in her career, as evidenced by her as commissioned Measure 22 camouflage scheme.
(U.S. Navy photo)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|155k||July 1944: Lcdr A.A. Hero, CO of the destroyer escort USS Dale W. Peterson (DE 337) at Naples, Italy.
(Photograph taken by RT1c Herbert Meyerson)
England, United Kingdom
|136k||January 1945: Casco Bay, Me. - Officers "at the helm" of the destroyer escort USS Dale W. Peterson at Casco Bay while on "Shakedown Cruise".
The officers are from L to R: A. A. Hero, Albert S. Bigelow, and Exec Officer Bower.|
(Photograph taken by RT1c Herbert Meyerson while assigned to the DE 337)
|48k||September 1945: entering San Diego Harbor||LeRoy W. Robbins|
|Dale W. Peterson History|
|View the USS Dale W. Peterson (DE 337) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Dale W. Peterson's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 17 Feb. 1944 - 05 Feb. 1945||Lcdr. Alvin Anthony Hero, USNR (Comm. CO)|
|2.) 05 Feb. 1945 – 28 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. Albert S. Bigelow, USNR|
|3.) 28 Sep. 1945 - .. .... 1946||Lcdr. William L. Vaughn, USNR|
|4.) .. .... 1946 – 27 Mar. 1946||Lt.(jg) Carl E. Radcliffe, USN (Decomm. CO)|
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