Iverson, Daniel T, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary MOS
7332-Pilot VME (Prop)
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 7332, US Navy/NAS Vero Beach, FL
Service Years
1939 - 1944

Major

 
 

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbia
Last Address
2131 SW 10th St.
Miami, FL

Casualty Date
Jan 22, 1944
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Florida
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Piney Grove Cemetery - Swannanoa, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
Aviation UnitsVMSB-232VMSB-241US Navy
USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1940-1940, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Pensacola, FL
  1940-1941, 7598, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) NTS San Diego
  1941-1941, 7598, VMSB-232
  1942-1942, 7598, VMSB-241
  1942-1942, 7598, VMSB-232
  1943-1943, 7598, US Navy/US Naval Hospital Alameda
  1944-1944, 7332, US Navy/NAS Vero Beach, FL
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Tulagi (including First Savo)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
 Colleges Attended
Davidson College
  1934-1938, Davidson College
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Last Known Activity
MIAMI HEARLD - Sunday. 1-23-44. Major Daniel Iverson. Jr.. who won the Navy Cross and Silver Star for heroism in the Pacific area was killed Saturday in a collision near Vero Beach, Iverson, son of Reverend Iverson of Miami crashed after his plane struck another while diving on a sleeve target. Major Iverson flew one of the famous sixteen Dauntlesses which made the first attack on the Japanese fleet approaching Midway in June, 1942. Eight were shot down in the battle and (then) Lt Iverson nursed his badly shot-up plane back lo Midway, landing on one wheel. His SBD-2 had 219 bullet holes. The plane was patched and returned to the U.S. where it was used for training until it crashed into lake Michigan where it remained until it was recently recovered It is being restored at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. Iverson's sister, Vivian Gammon described the midair collision in which he and a Navy pilot died. "They were practicing dive bombing. There was a very green, young Navy pilot and he loafed (luffed?) -- that's the way the story goes -- and he came up under the belly of my brother's plane. My brother couldn't see him. There was a big conflagration." A memorial plaque commemorates Iverson at the family cemetery in Swannanoa, NC.

IVERSON, Daniel T Jr, 6418, USNAS, Vero Beach, Fla, January 22, 1944, accidental death

 
Burial:
Piney Grove Cemetery
Swannanoa
Buncombe County
North Carolina, USA
   
Comments/Citation
Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Daniel T. Iverson (MCSN: 0-6418), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMSB-241), Marine Air Group TWENTY-TWO (MAG-22), Naval Air Station, Midway, during operations of the U.S. Naval and Marine Forces against the invading Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Midway on 4 and 5 June 1942. In the first attack on an enemy carrier and in the face of withering fire from enemy fighters and anti-aircraft batteries, Lieutenant Iverson pressed home his attack to a release altitude of three hundred feet. His plane received 219 hits in different places from machine gun bullets and shrapnel and was so badly damaged that he was forced to make a landing on one wheel upon his return to the base. On the night of 4 June 1942, he participated in a search and attack mission against an enemy carrier and brought his plane back to its base under extremely adverse weather conditions. On 4 June, 1942, he, after less than four hours sleep, participated in an attack through heavy anti-aircraft fire on an enemy battleship in which it was damaged severely. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.
Action Date: June 4 & 5, 1942



Silver Star
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Daniel T. Iverson (MCSN: 0-6418), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against enemy Japanese forces while serving with Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO (VMSB-232) on Guadalcanal in August and September 1942. Shortly after midnight on August 25, Captain Iverson, a member of a three-plane section, took off from his base and successfully located and attacked one enemy light cruiser and four destroyers which had been shelling our camp area. In spite of poor visibility and fierce anti-aircraft fire, Captain Iverson and his unit followed with a strafing attack, inflicting further damage on the enemy. Three days later, vigorously pressing forward the attack, Captain Iverson assisted in sinking three out of four enemy destroyers. Again on September 7 and 8, during landing operations by our raiders in the vicinity of Tasimboko, he made several reconnaissance flights and, flying low in the face of determined enemy fire, led sections of our forces in bombing attacks supporting ground troops. By his expert airmanship and valiant initiative, he rendered invaluable service to the ground organization.
Action Date: August & September, 1942
   
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