Rear Admiral, United States Navy
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Raby, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane and Commanding Officer of Fighting Squadron NINE (VF-9), attached to the U.S.S. RANGER (CV-4), during the occupation of French Morocco, from 8 to 11 November 1942.
Leading a flight of eight planes into combat against sixteen hostile fighters, Lieutenant Commander Raby persistently striking at the foe until he himself shot down two planes, contributed materially to the aggressive fighting spirit which enabled his command to destroy a total of five enemy aircraft and probably two more.
On previous and subsequent raids, pressed home under relentless fire, he led his squadron in effective bombing and strafing attacks against hostile airdromes, shore batteries, machine-gun nests, and flying and grounded aircraft. His outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: November 1, 1907 at Palo Alto, California
NOTE: Admiral Raby was the son of James
Joseph Raby, Rear Admiral, United States Navy, and they are buried
in the same section at Arlington National Cemetery.
R/ADM US NAVY
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/01/1907
DATE OF DEATH: 02/19/1967
BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 9109-K
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 20 January 2008