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Billy Rex Cottrell

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Billy was born on November 8, 1919 and passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2008.

Billy was a resident of Kents Store, Virginia at the time of passing.

He served his country in the United States Navy from before World War II through the Cold War. A veteran of the battle of Midway, the Solomon Islands campaign, the battle of Santa Cruz, and the blockade of Cuba, he served aboard numerous vessels, including the USS Chicago, USS Hornet, USS Coral Sea, USS Midway, and the USS Forrestal, and flew as crewman in several types of aircraft, including the SBC-4, SBD-3, and P2V. During the battle of Midway, he served as an Aviation Radioman in Bombing Squadron 8 (VB-8) aboard the USS Hornet (where his plane was forced to ditch in the ocean). In his 30- year career with the Navy, he also served with Patrol Squadron 18, Patrol Squadron 26, Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 3, and at Naval Air Stations throughout the world. During the course of his service, he was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 awards), the American Defense Medal (with 1 star), American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 3 stars), the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2008 at the Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Kents Store, Va., conducted by the Rev. Jim Joyner. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Funeral Home on Saturday, March 1, 2008.