Lieutenant Commander Daniel James Wallace Jr
Born in Hoboken New Jersey.
A graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland, class of 1939, where he was the pitcher on the Academy's baseball team in his senior year.
Before taking command of Air Group 31 Lt. Cmd. Wallace served with Fighter Squadron 10 aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6), was the Assistant Air Officer aboard an escort carrier (CVE), and was the executive Officer of Fighter Squadron 14 aboard the USS Wasp (CV-18)
Medals Awarded to Lieutenant Commander Wallace while serving with VF-31
He, along with the full air group were relieved from active duty on October 4, 1944 when they were rotated out of action. Lt. Cmd Wallace remained with Fighter Squadron 31 during their stationing at Alameda NAS (Naval Air Station) Oakland, California, and at Hollister California.
On March 5, 1945 while Fighter Squadron 31 was stationed at Hollister California Lt. Commander Daniel J. Wallace Jr. died when his F6F Hellcat crashed during a night fighter exercise over Monterey bay.
From the Official Naval Accident report:
Lieutenant Commander Wallace's two brothers were also killed during the war. Lieutenant William Wallace (Army Air Force) was killed in December 1943 when the aircraft he was piloting on a transatlantic flight crashed into a mountain near Sligo Ireland in dense fog. Lieutenant James M. Wallace (USN) was killed when his plane crashed off of Daytona Beach Florida during a training exercise in 1944.
The City of Hoboken New Jersey renamed a public school in honor of the three Wallace men who lost their lives during the war. The Wallace Primary school still bears their name today.
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