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Posted 3 years ago


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In 2002 while attending the National Rifle Association Convention I was invited to sit down an talk with then, Joe Foss Brigadier General (Air National Guard). During WWII, Major Joe Foss was credited with shooting down 26 Japanese planes and was considered the "Ace of Aces". I had a interesting conversation with one of the WWII War Hero's, Medal Of Honor & Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, who later became the Governor of South Dakota, Former American Football League Commissioner, NRA President and many other accomplishments in his lifetime. As I was getting ready to leave, he said wait a minute, & he took these three aviation prints out of his briefcase, autographed his, and said I hope you enjoy these. The following January Ge. Joe Foss passed away. A great gift I have always treasured. The other two are of Chuck Yeager's plane and Bud Anderson's plane (they are 14-3/4" x 11").
In addition to the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Flying Cross, his decorations and medals include: the Presidential Unit Citation, American-Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Medal of Honor Citation
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Place and date: Over Guadalcanal, 9 October to 19 November 1942, 15 and 23 January 1943. Entered service at: South Dakota. Born: 17 April 1915, Sioux Falls, S. Dakota.
For outstanding heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, at Guadalcanal. Engaging in almost daily combat with the enemy from 9 October to 19 November 1942, Capt. Foss personally shot down 23 Japanese planes and damaged others so severely that their destruction was extremely probable. In addition, during this period, he successfully led a large number of escort missions, skillfully covering reconnaissance, bombing, and photographic planes as well as surface craft. On 15 January 1943, he added 3 more enemy planes to his already brilliant successes for a record of aerial combat achievement unsurpassed in this war. Boldly searching out an approaching enemy force on 25 January, Capt. Foss led his 8 F-4F Marine planes and 4 Army P-38s into action and, undaunted by tremendously superior numbers, intercepted and struck with such force that 4 Japanese fighters were shot down and the bombers were turned back without releasing a single bomb. His remarkable flying skill, inspiring leadership, and indomitable fighting spirit were distinctive factors in the defense of strategic American positions on Guadalcanal.

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Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss
Birth name Joseph Jacob Foss
Nickname(s) "Smokey Joe", "Old Joe", "Ace of Aces"
Born April 17, 1915
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Died January 1, 2003 (aged 87)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
South Dakota Air National Guard
Years of service 1940–1946 (USMCR)
1946–1955 (ANG)
Rank Major (USMC)
Brigadier General (ANG)
Unit VMF-121
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Guadalcanal
Awards Medal of Honor
Distinguished Flying Cross
Spouse(s) June Shakstad (divorced)
Donna "Didi" Wild
Other work Governor of South Dakota
American Football League Commissioner
National Rifle Association President
Television broadcaster

Birth name Charles Elwood Yeager
Nickname(s) Chuck
Born February 13, 1923 (age 92)
Myra, West Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service 1941–1975 (34 years)
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars World War II
Cold War
Vietnam War
Awards See below
Spouse(s) Glennis Dickhouse (1945-1990; 4 children)(her death)
Victoria Scott D'Angelo (2003-present)
Relations Steve Yeager (nephew)
Other work Flight instructor

Nickname(s) Bud Anderson
Born January 13, 1922 (age 93)
Oakland, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
United States Army Air Corps
Years of service 1942–1972
Rank Colonel
Unit 357th Fighter Group
Commands held 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Battles/wars World War II
Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (5)
Bronze Star
Air Medal (16)
Other work Test pilot

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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
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  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
    "Chuck" got no awards? Great write-up pw & appreciated. You & a few others keep me here.
  5. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
    Full write-up on Chuck Yeager including awards:
    Thanks BB2 for the appreciation and encouragement.
  6. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
  7. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
  8. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks Rattletrap for the appreciation.
  9. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
    Thanks pops52 for the appreciation.
  10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    I was trying to remember if I had crossed paths with Yeager (think maybe), & remembering becoming friends with some friends of friends after finishing aviation school & moving to Montgomery, AL. One day after going with these friends to one of their homes & meeting the father, one of my friends asked me later if I knew who the father was ? It was Gen. Paul Tibbets. In that area the "Gen'l" was common & didn't mean much to 20 yr. olds. Talked to him several times passing thru & sharing snacks. NO, I never asked!! To be honest, he seemed to have no worries & one of the most mellow people I've ever met. Guess that's the way you have to be !
  11. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
    bb2, I've personally met two Brigadier Generals and both were very mellow and humble individuals.
  12. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Thanks Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse for the appreciation.
  13. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 months ago
    Wow, what an honor to meet him! Thanks for sharing
  14. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 months ago
    Mrstyndall, yes, it was an honor to meet him. Thanks for the appreciation.
  15. pw-collector pw-collector, 26 days ago
    Thanks Roycroftbooksfromme1 for the appreciation.
  16. pw-collector pw-collector, 25 days ago
    Thanks for the appreciation:
  17. Tanni Tanni, 24 days ago
    Chuck Yeager and his Yellow Corvette that wasn't street legal. He used to zip around town and taunt the police with it.... Lol.
    All good men.
  18. pw-collector pw-collector, 24 days ago
    Thanks Tanni for the appreciation & story.
  19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 24 days ago
    I have known hundreds of pilots, but Bevo Howard has to rate at the top of my list.
  20. pw-collector pw-collector, 24 days ago
  21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 24 days ago
    Bevo was a regular at our FBO for awhile & every time he took off, he did a snap-roll. I finally decided it was just part of his take-off procedure.
  22. pw-collector pw-collector, 22 days ago
    Thanks kyratango for the appreciation.

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