Lieutenant (jg) Haig Gregor Elezian Jr:
Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 4, 1922
Attended Wilber Wright College in Chicago under the Navy Cadet Training Program, then entered Naval Flight Training at NAS Glenview in August of 1942 then transferred to Corpus Christi NAS (Texas) in October of 1942. He graduated flight training, earned his wings, and was given his commission as an ensign in March 3, 1943.
His first squadron assignment was to the newly formed Fighter Squadron 43 (VF-43) in June of 1943. Ensign Elezian, along with the the other members Fighter Squadron 43 (VF-43) were ordered to combine with Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) at Atlantic City Naval Air Station in October of 1943, doubling the size of the fighter wing of Air Group 31.
Lt (jg) Elezan was part of Division 2 consisting of 4 hellcat fighter aircraft.
While with Division 2 of Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) aboard the USS Cabot Lieutenant (jg) Elezian participated in the battles of the Marshall Islands (January 29 to February 8 1944), in the battles of the Caroline Islands (February 16 - April 1 and April 29 - May 1 1944), in the battles for Hollandia (April 21 - 25 1944), in the battle of the Marianas (June 6 - 20 1944), and the 3rd Bonin Islands battle (July 4 1944).
Engagements flown in which Lieutenant (jg) Elezian received meritorious mention:
Medals Awarded to Lieutenant (jg) Elezian while serving with VF-31
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