Proud to announce that the following Essexmen were inducted into the Enlisted Combat Aircrewmen Roll of Honor 13-14 November, 2003.
Robert W. Lenz, AD3, VC35
Van Team 33
USS Valley Forge
Ronald Guilbeau, ARM2c, VB15, SB2C
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Ronald Guilbeau flew 28 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and numerous other awards.
John Eberhart ARM2, VT83, TBM/TBF
Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Air Medals
John flew 23 combat missions
John's Essex Experience
On 28 March 1945 while flying a raid on Mirami Daido, Carlo Palermo and John Eberhart were hit by AA fire and suffered considerable damage to the wing of their TBM.
John standing next to damaged wing.