Don T. Griswold

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Don T. Griswold, Jr.
The Distinguished Flying Cross
Born (1917-07-08)July 8, 1917
Bryan, Texas
Died June 6, 1942(1942-06-06) (aged 24)
near Midway Atoll
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank Ensign
Unit VS-8

World War II

Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Ensign Don T. Griswold, Jr., (8 July 1917 – 6 June 1942) was a United States Naval Aviator, who was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the Battle of Midway.


Born in Bryan, Texas, he attended Iowa State and after graduation joined the Naval Aviation Corps. During the Battle of Midway, 6 June 1942, his Douglas SBD-3 "Dauntless" scout-bomber scored a hit on a Japanese ship but was hit by antiaircraft fire and plunged into the sea. Griswold's radioman-gunner, Kenneth Cecil Bunch, also died.

Ensign Griswold was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.


The Evarts-class short-hull destroyer escort USS Griswold (DE-7) was named for him and launched in 1943.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.