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Frederick Cushing Cross Jr.

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Franklin Cushing Cross Jr.
Born(1917-07-08)July 8, 1917
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 7, 1943(1943-08-07) (aged 26)
North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service1941-1943
RankLieutenant (junior grade)
UnitBombing Squadron 128 (VB-128)
Battles/warsU.S. Coastal Defense
AwardsNavy Cross

Frederick Cushing Cross Jr. was born 8 July 1917 in Lunenburg, Massachusetts. Cross enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 22 March 1941, and after aviation training was ordered to a bombing squadron at DeLand, Florida. Lieutenant (junior grade) Cross was killed in action on 7 August 1943 during an engagement with an enemy submarine. Although he was mortally wounded and his plane had a shattered starboard engine, he continued to attack the submarine, then made a perfect water landing, thus saving the lives of his copilot and radio operator. For his outstanding courage and indomitable fighting spirit, Cross was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

USS Cross (DE-448) was named in his honor. She was launched 4 July 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, New Jersey.

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

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