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Charles Thomas Booth , II

Date of birth: January 12, 1910
Date of death: February 21, 1989
Place of Birth: New Hampshire, Penacook
Home of record: Lynn Massachusetts

Charles Booth graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1931. He retired as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Charles Thomas Booth, II (NSN: 0-70290), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron FORTY-ONE (VF-41), attached to the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the assault on and occupation of French Morocco, from 8 to 11 November 1942. On 8 November 1942, Lieutenant Commander Booth led a flight of 18 planes that strafed the Cazes airdrome, destroying 14 planes, shooting down one plane. Later, on the same day in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Commander booth led a flight of 11 planes that strafed a hostile battery near Port Lyautey and silenced hit. He led a third flight of 16 planes on that day that bombed and strafed El Hank shore battery, two surfaced submarines, and finally a light cruiser off Casablanca with telling effect. On a later date, Lieutenant Commander Booth led four additional flights in successful attacks against hostile troops, planes in the air, and tank and truck columns. The leadership and airmanship displayed by Lieutenant Commander Booth in the actions described were inspiration and reflect great credit upon the Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Atlantic: Serial 00169 (March 24, 1943)

Action Date: November 8 - 11, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Fighting Squadron 41 (VF-41)

Division: U.S.S. Ranger (CV-4)

Legion of Merit

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Vice Admiral Charles Thomas Booth, II (NSN: 0-70290), United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Development) from October 1963 to March 1965, by his contributions while serving as principal assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations with responsibility for the Navy's research, development, test and evaluation program.

General Orders: All Hands (November 1965)

Action Date: October 1963 - March 1965

Service: Navy

Rank: Vice Admiral