PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Rushing, Roy Warrick
Date of birth: December 15th, 1921 (Macon/Missouri, United States)
Date of death:  January 8th, 1986
Nationality:  American
BIOGRAPHY: 
Roy Rushing was credited for shooting down thirteen enemy planes.
     
NAVY CROSS
Rank: Lieutenant (junior grade)
Unit: Fighting Squadron 15 (VF-15), U.S.S. Essex (CV-9)
Awarded on: May 1945
Action: Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron FIFTEEN (VF-15, attached to 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 24 October 1944. With the support of his Section Leader, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Rushing attacked a formation of 40 enemy fighter planes and shot down six of the enemy planes in flames, probably destroying two others. His actions effectively broke up the enemy formation and prevented an attack upon our surface forces. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Rushing's outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Details: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 338 (May 1945).
 
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Picture source:   - Bill Gonyo
Information source(s):   - Sterner C.D., Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present
- Military Times Hall of Valor
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