Wetumpka in Elmore County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The memorial includes inscriptions on four sides.
Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy
January 8, 1917 - July 14, 1945
He analyzed accurately two weaknesses of Zero pilots - first, inability to make a high speed tight turn second, their lack of training in deflection shooting. This information with ideas of two ex-enlisted navy pilots led to the formation tactic "The Enterprise Scissors" which used teamwork to counter the superior mechanical performance of the Zero. Japanese began the war shooting down our Navy planes on a three to one basis whereas later on we were shooting them down eighteen to one by our pilots trained on "The Enterprise Scissors". Richard as Squadron Commander of VF-88 on new U.S.S. Yorktown-CV-10 went down at sea while flying cover for heavy carrier bombers raiding industrial plants on Hokkaido. Exactly one month later
Commander. U.S. Navy
March 16, 1909 - March 27, 1945
August 11, 1904 - March 2, 1971
Captain U.S. Navy
September 26, 1918 - April 28, 1997
Graduated Annapolis as Ensign Feb. 7, 1941. Reported to U.S.S. Saratoga CV-3 as anti-aircraft control for raid on Wake Island and capture of Guadalcanal. Won his Wings in 1943 result of excellent flight training record retained as instructor for student pilots. Returned in early 1945 to western Pacific in U.S.S. Antietam CV-36 as fighter pilot in Squadron 89 and elected up to Squadron Commander until end of World War II. Decorations Legion of Merit Air Medal and Campaign Stars after war was Commander Air Group 12 and U.S.S. Lexington CV-16. Retired
Rear Admiral U.S. Navy
October 2, 1902 - November 2, 1996
A war correspondent on "The Big E" during several crucial battles dedicated his historical book "Then There Was One", to John Crommelin and his breed of men. The classic history of U.S.S Enterprise, CV-6 states "The Big E" under the blows of Yamamoto's dive bombers around the Solomons aligned her own individuality with the dominant aggressive personality of Crommelin. When men think of Enterprise they most often think of John Crommelin. The pilots' pilot.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II.
Location. 32° 32.123′ N, 86° 12.428′ W. Marker is in Wetumpka, Alabama, in Elmore County. Memorial can be reached from Ready Street near Wharf Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wetumpka AL 36092, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerElmore County World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elmore County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wetumpka Historical Marker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elmore County Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wetumpka's Bridges (approx. 0.2 miles away); High Water Mark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Calaboose (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wetumpka Impact Crater (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wetumpka.
More about this memorial. Located in the Gold Star Park, close to the Crommelin Boat Launch.
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