Charles R. Ware
|Charles Rollins Ware|
Charles R. Ware with VS-6 pilots, seated, 3rd from left
March 11, 1911|
|Died||June 4, 1942
Pacific Ocean near Midway Atoll
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1929-1942|
|Unit||USS Texas (BB-35), USS Dahlgren (DD-187), Scouting Squadron 6|
After graduation in 1934, Ware served on the battleship USS Texas (BB-35) and the destroyer USS Dahlgren (DD-187) until February 1940, when he entered flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola at Pensacola, Florida.
Serving as a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber pilot with Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) based on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6), Lieutenant Ware and his division of six SBDs attacked the carrier Kaga on 4 June 1942, one of four Japanese carriers sunk in the Battle of Midway.
During their return to the Enterprise they successfully fought off attacks by Japanese fighters, but ran out of fuel and were forced to ditch in the vast Pacific. One crew was rescued and another crew was picked up by a Japanese destroyer and later executed when the enemy sailors learned of their fleet's losses. Ware and the other SBD crewmen were reported missing in action.