John William Haas

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John William Haas
Born (1907-06-14)June 14, 1907
Sioux City, Iowa
Died June 4, 1942(1942-06-04) (aged 34)
at sea, near Midway Island
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 19??–1942
Rank Chief Machinist
Unit USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Torpedo Squadron 3 (VT-3)
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Midway
Awards Navy Cross

John William Haas was born June 14, 1907 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Navy career[edit]

A member of the famed Torpedo Squadron 3, the chief machinist and pilot was lost in action June 4, 1942 during the Battle of Midway.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

The official U.S. Navy citation:

The Navy Cross is presented to John William Haas (0-146612), Chief Machinist, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service beyond the call of duty as a Pilot of Torpedo Squadron THREE (VT-3) embarked from the U.S.S. YORKTOWN (CV-5) during the "Air Battle of Midway", against enemy Japanese forces on June 4, 1942. Participating in a torpedo plane assault against Japanese naval units, Chief Machinist Haas, in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft fire and overwhelming fighter opposition, pressed home his attack to a point where it became relatively certain that, in order to accomplish his mission, he would probably sacrifice his life. Undeterred by the grave possibilities of such a hazardous offensive, he carried on, with extreme disregard for his own personal safety, until his squadron scored direct hits on two enemy aircraft carriers. His self sacrificing gallantry and fortitude were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


USS Haas (DE-424) was named in his honor. She was launched March 20, 1944 by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. Gladys Winifred Haas, widow of Chief Machinist Haas: and commissioned August 2, 1944, Lt. Comdr. A. M. White, USNR, in command.

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