Name:  McCutcheon, Donald
Date of birth: December 27th, 1920 (Elizabeth/New Jersey, United States)
Nationality:  American
Rank: Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Sub-lieutenant)
Unit: Pilot Bombing Squadron VB-15, embarked from the U.S.S. Essex (CV-9), U.S. Navy
Action: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald McCutcheon, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier- based Navy Dive Bomber in Bombing Squadron Fifteen (VB-15), embarked from the U.S.S. Essex (CV-9), in action against enemy Japanese surface forces over the Sibuyan Sea during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. Fearlessly pressing home his attack to low altitude in the face of accurate and intense antiaircraft fire from the formidable enemy disposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, McCutcheon succeeded in scoring a direct hit upon a Japanese aircraft carrier of Chitose class, causing certain damage to that enemy vessel. Undaunted in the face of relentless, devastating antiaircraft fire, he rendered gallant service during the bitterly fought engagement in which all carriers, a light cruiser and a destroyer of the enemy's task force were sunk and heavy bomb and torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and other important naval units. By his daring airmanship, exceptional courage and steadfast devotion to duty through a perilous assignment, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, McCutcheon contributed materially to the sinking of this valuable enemy fighting unit and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Details: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945).
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Information source(s):   - Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present, by C. Douglas Sterner
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