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USS Enterprise KIA Grouping 1941-42 Scouting Squadron 6

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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:16 PM

Hello All

I had posted Pics of this group in on the " other forum" a few years ago before the USMF started, but I thought it should be here as well.

RM3/c Dennis was a Radioman on a SBD Dauntless dive bomber who served with VS-6 ( Scouting Squadron Six ) on the USS Enterprise and was killed during the very 1st carrier raid of the war against the Japanese. The raid took place at the Marshall Islands on February 1, 1942 . He was also in the air during the Pearl Harbor attack , and his plane was hit by friendly fire causing his plane to make an emergency landing at Ewa .

In December 1943, a Destroyer Escort ( DE-405 ) was launched in tribute to him.

The porttrait photo taken shortly after he enlisted


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:17 PM

His Air medal has a 2 piece planchet with a slot brooch, which is a scarce late USN contract. His Type I PH was awarded in 1943 .

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:20 PM

reverse of the Air Medal and Purple Heart

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:21 PM

Commendation letter from Admiral Halsey which became the basis for his Air Medal award.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:21 PM

Permanent citation for his Air Medal

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:22 PM

Transmittal letter for his Purple Heart

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:23 PM

Purple Heart Certificate


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:24 PM

Gold Star award from the American Legion


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:25 PM

Oath of Allegiance he signed at his enlistment in 1940

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:25 PM

Christmas card from Pearl Harbor


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:26 PM

Photo of the radiomen from VS-6 days before he was killed.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:26 PM

Telegram his mother received , notifying her of his death

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:27 PM

Condolance letter from the Captain of the USS Enterprise

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:28 PM

Condolance letter from the Skipper of VS-6

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:28 PM

Condolance letter from Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:29 PM

Original copy of Battle Order 2 from the USS Enterprise shortly before the Pearl Harbor attack .

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:30 PM

Notification to Mrs Dennis from Frank Knox that a ship would be named for her son.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:30 PM

Photo of Mrs Dennis and her Daughters at the launching of the USS Dennis.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:31 PM

Wooden Lid from the box that held the launching bottle given to Otis's sister from the shipyard that made the USS Dennis .

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:32 PM

FDR Memorial Accolade

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:32 PM

This last photo really sums up the sacrifice Otis made for this country . It is a memorial that his family had erected in his memory at the local cemetary . His remains were never recovered . Reports indicate that his plane exploded during a dive bombing attack after they had released their bomb. His plane was caught in the resulting explosion .


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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:46 PM

This is an amazing grouping!!! It has been such a pleasure to read this thread and learn the history of this brave man. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 04:54 PM

What a wonderful grouping to be able to preserve. Glad you have it! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/twothumbup.gif Thanks for sharing it with us.. Best!!! Bob

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 05:34 PM

WOW TRUELY AMAZING !!! SO SAD TO READ ALL THE DOCS. !!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif great group!

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 05:59 PM

Kurt,

This is a fantastic group. I think this is the type of group all collectors of valor groupings hope to obtain.

Thanks for showing this.


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