Pacific War

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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CDR Lawson Ramage, USS Parche (SS-384)

In the early years of World War II, Lawson “Red” Ramage served aboard USS Grenadine (SS-210) and commanded the USS Trout (SS-202).  While aboard Trout, Ramage had damaged the Japanese light-carrier Taiyo in

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