Don T. Griswold

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Don T. Griswold, Jr.
Ensign Donald Thomas Griswold.jpg
Born(1917-07-08)July 8, 1917
Bryan, Texas
DiedJune 6, 1942(1942-06-06) (aged 24)
near Midway Atoll
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
RankEnsign
UnitVS-8
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Battle of Midway
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross

Ensign Don T. Griswold, Jr., (8 July 1917 – 6 June 1942) was a United States Naval Aviator, who was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the Battle of Midway.

Biography[edit]

Born in Bryan, Texas, he attended Iowa State and after graduation joined the Naval Aviation Corps. During the Battle of Midway, 6 June 1942, his Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless" scout-bomber scored a hit on a Japanese ship but was hit by antiaircraft fire and plunged into the sea. Griswold's radioman-gunner, Kenneth Cecil Bunch, also died.

Ensign Griswold was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Namesake[edit]

The Evarts-class short-hull destroyer escort USS Griswold (DE-7) was named for him and launched in 1943.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.


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