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Harlan Rockey Dickson

LCDR Harlan Rockey Dickson

Lieutenant-Commander Harlan Rockey Dickson is pictured on the right.

The Harlan R. Dickson is named in honor of Lieutenant-Commander Harlan Rockey Dickson, U. S. Navy.

Lieutenant-Commander Dickson was born in Columbus, Ohio, on September 16, 1914.

He was commissioned as an Ensign from the Naval Academy in 1936.

He served three years aboard the USS Quincy, and two years aboard the USS Teal, after which he was ordered to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Flordia. Where on September 1, 1939 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade. Upon graduation from the Naval Air Station, Dickson was assigned to a bombing squadron and on January 2, 1942, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

He saw much action in the Pacific, including the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway, and received the following awards:

American Defense Service Medal-Fleet Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal and the Navy Cross with the following citation: "For extraordinary heroism and courageous perseverance as pilot of an airplane of a bombing squadron in dive bombing attacks against Japanese forces in Tulagi Harbor on May 4, 1942, and in an attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier in the Battle of the Coral Sea on May 8". He received a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross with the following citation: "For extraordinary heroism and distinguished service as a pilot of an airplane of a scouting squadron in action against Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway during the period of June 4 to June 6, 1942".

Dickson was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on May 1, 1943, and served as commanding officer of Bombing Squadron Eighteen until his death in an airplane accident in California on February 5, 1944.

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