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USS Enterprise KIA Grouping 1941-42 Scouting Squadron 6


KASTAUFFER

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

 

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

 

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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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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 .

 

 

Kurt

 

 

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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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What a wonderful grouping to be able to preserve. Glad you have it! twothumbup.gif Thanks for sharing it with us.. Best!!! Bob

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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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