Remembering Ensign Robert L. Price (19??-1942)

Every week on this blog we will be remembering one of the 39 pilots seen on this group picture. It was taken on 15 July, 1942.


Only remembering Robert L. Price this week might prove to be more difficult as you will find out while reading.


Collection Richard Harmer (courtesy Tom Harmer)

The source of the information below is taken from this book I bought on Google Books…



At 1.15 p.m. Southerland — universally known as “Pug” because of his boxing prowess—was flying above Savo Island when he spotted the attack force of Japanese Bettys descending through the cumulous cover, gathering speed to unleash bombs. “This division from Pug,” he alerted his pilots, “put gun switches and sight lamps on. Lets go get ’em boys.”

With no time to climb, Southerland could only drop into a low-side run to harass the lead division of Bettys with quick bursts. Behind him, Japanese fighters zoomed in to scatter Southerland’s division. The division trailer, twenty-six-year-old Lieutenant (junior grade) Donald A. “Stinky” Innis, managed to climb, scissor and trade head-on shots with five Zekes before escaping into a cloud. The other two, twenty-three-year-old Ensign Robert L. Price and twenty-six-year-old Lieutenant (junior grade) Charles A. Tabberer, never escaped the ambush.

(Page 194)



Lieutenant (junior grade) Donald A. Innis


Ensign Robert L. Price


Lieutenant (junior grade) Charles A. Tabberer


Robert L. Price

Date of death: MIA: August 7, 1942

Burial location: Manila, Philippine Islands
Home of record: Wichita Kansas
Status: MIA

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Ensign Robert L. Price (NSN: 0-113012), United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Solomon Islands area on 7 August 1942. Following his division leader in an assault on an enemy force of 27 twin-engine bombers, Ensign Price gallantly pressed home his attacks, despite interception by Zero fighters, until his plane was shot down.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 318 (September 1943)

Action Date: August 7, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Ensign

Division: U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-3)

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