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Oliver Mitchell

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Oliver Mitchell
Born(1917-03-14)March 14, 1917
Los Angeles
DiedAugust 28, 1942(1942-08-28) (aged 25)
Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1941–1942
RankSecond Lieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Guadalcanal Campaign
AwardsSilver Star (posthumous)

Oliver Mitchell was born March 14, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. He was the son of Nicholas D. Mitchell and Margaret Ruth Green of Los Angeles. He was an aviator in the United States Marine Corps who was killed in action during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. He would later have a United States Navy destroyer named in his honor.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Mitchell enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve on May 23, 1941 and was appointed Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Naval Reserve September 3, 1941. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Reserves on March 14, 1942, was assigned to combat duty in the Solomons the following July.

Awarded the Silver Star[edit]

He was killed in action while engaging Japanese destroyers off Ramos Island, August 28, 1942. Lieutenant Mitchell was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for:

Conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a pilot while pressing home his attack in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire. His aggressive fighting spirit and heroic devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


USS Oliver Mitchell was named in his honor. She was laid down January 3, 1944 by the Brown Shipbuilding Company, Houston; launched February 8, 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Margaret R. Mitchell, mother of 2nd Lt. Oliver Mitchell; and commissioned June 14, 1944, with Lieutenant Commander Kenneth J. Barclay in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Raymond Frybarger Jr., Joseph Edward Connolly, Frank Perconte, Charles E. Brannon, Woodrow Wilson Barr, Lawrence Coburn Taylor, Robert Burr Smith

Other articles of the topic Biography : John "Johnny" Washbrook, Nargis, Matthew Stanley (professor), Blain Michael "Moon" Griffon, Jasper Goodwill, Jodie Foster, Donald Roy McAnn

Other articles of the topic World War II : Douglas Harold Fox, Ronald A. Burdo, Grady A. Dugas, M.D., Robert Harvey Bolton, Sr., Lloyd Edgar Acree, Eugene Morland Key, Edward E. Gyatt
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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