Joseph L. Narr

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NAME
Joseph Lawson Narr
NICKNAME
Lawson
MCSN
O-10336
HOME OF RECORD
Hickman Mills, Kansas City, MO
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Dr. Frederick C. Narr
DATE OF BIRTH
August 26, 1916
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
1941
DATE OF LOSS
November 11, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
February 19, 1945
UNIT
VMF-121
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Second Lieutenant Joseph Lawson Narr was an ace pilot (seven confirmed kills) with VMF-121, part of the Cactus Air Force stationed on Guadalcanal.

At 0930 on 11 November 1942, a combat air patrol from Henderson Field was vectored in on a force of Japanese dive bombers and fighters. In the ensuing dogfight, five VMF-121 pilots were shot from the sky. One crashed on a Tulagi beach; another returned safely after several days. Three others – Second Lieutenants Simpson, Ruddell, and Narr (in F4F-4 BuNo 03467) were never seen again.

Lawson Narr was declared dead on 19 February 1945.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
Posthumous promotion to Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing In Action
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Joseph Lawson Narr (MCSN: 0-10336), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VMF-121), Marine Air Group FOURTEEN (MAG-14), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area during a period of intense enemy activity from 13 October 1942 to 30 October 1942. Pressing home his attacks against the enemy with skill and determination, Second Lieutenant Narr shot down seven Japanese aircraft during this period, thereby contributing to the security of our forces in that area. His cool courage, splendid airmanship and indomitable fighting spirit were an inspiration to all the members of his squadron and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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