18 October 1944 — Pacific Theater WW2
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Citation: "For distinguishing himself by meritorious assignment while participating in the aerial flight as pilot of the Carrier based fighter plane assigned to strike against enemy shipping in the vicinity of the Bonin Islands on 4 August, 1944. In spite of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, and with complete disregard for his own safety, he performed his mission in an outstanding manner and launched repeated strafing attacks to minimum range against destroyers of the convoy screen. these attacks contributed materially to the destruction of the destroyer., and to severely damaged another. His skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navel Service." M. A. Mitscher, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy =========================================================== In the name of the President of the United Stated, the commander, Second Carrier Task Force, United states Pacific fleet, takes great pleasure in presenting the Gold Star in lieu of a second Air Medal to Lt (Junior Grade) Franklin Walter Shires for service as set forth in the following; Citation: "For distinguishing himself by meritorious acts while participating in aerial flight in there vicinity of the island of Luzon on 18 October 1944. Participating in a fighter sweep, he observed an enemy plane approaching his formation, Maneuvering to an advantage position, he quickly attacked and destroyed the enemy aircraft. His skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navel Service." J. S. McCain Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy