History

Vincent R. Capodanno

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Vietnam War Vincent R. Capodanno was a U.S. Navy chaplain who earned the Medal of Honor while serving with the Marines during

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F4F Wildcat Aces and the Medal of Honor

During the opening chapters of World War II in the Pacific Theater, Navy and Marine Corps aviators were thrust into some of the most perilous and challenging air actions in American history. Flying the Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter, eight different American fighter aces would go on to earn the Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest decoration for military combat. No other fixed-wing, single-engined aircraft has more Medal of Honor actions associated with it than the Wildcat.

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Joseph J. Foss, USMC

Date of Action: October 1942-January 1943 Squadron: Marine Fighting Squadron 121 (VMF-121) Location:  Over and Near Guadalcanal Island Joe Foss was a United States Marine Corps

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James E. Swett, USMC

Date of Action: April 7, 1943 Squadron: Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221) Location: Near Guadalcanal Island James “Zeke” Swett, was commissioned as a Marine Corps

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Harold W. Bauer, USMC

Date of Action: October 16, 1942 Squadron: Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212) Location: Near Guadalcanal Island Harold “Joe” Bauer graduated from the United States Naval

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Edward H. O’Hare, USN

Date of Action: February 20, 1942 Squadron: Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3), USS Lexington (CV-2) Location: Near New Britain Island Edward O’Hare grew up in an

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