Royal A. Stratton

Royal A. Stratton (1LT Pilot):
Member of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron


Mini Biography

Royal A. Stratton enlisted in the USAAF on July 9th, 1940. The 5th of 7 siblings, Royal was 1 of 3 brothers serving in WWII. His training began with the Army Air Corps in Texas where he received his Army wings and the commission of second lieutenant. Royal was one of only two out of a class of 800 at Houston selected for naval air training at Pensacola, Florida, where he subsequently received his Navy wings and the commission of first lieutenant.

Royal’s training concluded at Kessler Field, Mississippi, where he became a member of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squadron and was assigned a crew for his PBY-Catalina 5A (OA-10A).

During the latter part of the war, Royal was sent to Hawaii, later to Saipan and then to Iwo Jima where he served until he sustained mortal wounds while rescuing 9 downed airmen in 1945. He was survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, and is survived by his daughter, Vicki, who he saw only once before flying from Sacramento, CA, to his post in the South Pacific.

Royal A. Stratton was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and received a Congressional Commendation in 2011, which was presented on his behalf to brother, Harold Stratton.

Last Updated (Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:51)