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Bruce Avery Van Voorhis

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
  Group Burial Plot  

Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis is one of six in a group burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and is memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery
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Born:  January 29, 1908 at Aberdeen, WA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Nevada

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 06, 1943 at Greenwich Island, Solomons, Pacific Ocean

Died:  July 06, 1943 at the age of 35

 

Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis was Squadron Commander of Bombing Squadron 102 and Plane Commander of a PB4Y-I Patrol Bomber operating against the enemy on Japanese-held Greenwich Island during the battle of the Solomon Islands. Fully aware of the limited chance of surviving an urgent mission, voluntarily undertaken to prevent a surprise Japanese attack against our forces, Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis took off in total darkness on a perilous 700-mile flight without escort or support. Successful in reaching his objective despite treacherous and varying winds, low visibility and difficult terrain, he fought a lone but relentless battle under fierce antiaircraft fire and overwhelming aerial opposition. Forced lower and lower by pursuing planes, he coolly persisted in his mission of destruction. Abandoning all chance of a safe return he executed six bold ground-level attacks to demolish the enemy's vital radio station, installations, antiaircraft guns and crews with bombs and machinegun fire, and to destroy one fighter plane in the air and three on the water. Caught in his own bomb blast, Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis crashed into the lagoon off the beach, sacrificing himself in a single-handed fight against almost insuperable odds.

 

 

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