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Lieutenant Charles Rollins Ware, U.S. Navy, was a naval aviator who, as a pilot of a scout Bomber, gave his life in the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. He was awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest military honor, for his courage and devotion to duty in actions against enemy forces.
In April 1945, Lt. Ware was honored again by having a Gearing Class destroyer named after him that would serve America for 29 years.