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    Aleutian World War II

    National Historic Area Alaska

Lloyd Keyes Greenamyer


Lloyd Greenamyer, graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.

Courtesy of Lloyd Keyes Greenamyer’s daughter Gretchen Lee Rice.

Lieutenant Commander Lloyd Keyes Greenamyer was posthumously awarded the US Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in operations against the Japanese on Attu while serving as pilot of a carrier-based Navy fighter plane and Commanding Officer of fighting squadron VF-21.

The unit was attached to the U.S.S. Nassau (CVE-16) during the seizure and occupation of Attu Island in May 1943. The military declared Lt. Cmdr Greenamyer as presumed dead during the battle.

Read more about the conditions under which the Nassau and its pilots were operating to support ground troops on Attu. The courage this young officer showed in battle is apparent in the justification for awarding him the Navy Cross.
Greenamyer (r) at Corpus Christi, 1940
Greenamyer, at right, in Corpus Christi, Texas
courtesy of Lloyd Keyes Greenamyer’s daughter Gretchen Lee Rice.

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