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Marine Corps 1
Birth:
26 Dec 1914 1
Death:
09 Jun 1972 1
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John Lucian Smith 2
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Gender: Male 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-8379 1
Birth:
26 Dec 1914 1
Death:
09 Jun 1972 1
Cause: Unknown 1
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was serving as a Major in the USMC when he earned his Medal. His citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and heroic achievement in aerial combat above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 223 during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area, August-September 1942. Repeatedly risking his life in aggressive and daring attacks, Maj. Smith led his squadron against a determined force, greatly superior in numbers, personally shooting down 16 Japanese planes between 21 August and 15 September 1942. In spite of the limited combat experience of many of the pilots of this squadron, they achieved the notable record of a total of 83 enemy aircraft destroyed in this period, mainly attributable to the thorough training under Maj. Smith and to his intrepid and inspiring leadership. His bold tactics and indomitable fighting spirit, and the valiant and zealous fortitude of the men of his command not only rendered the enemy's attacks ineffective and costly to Japan, but contributed to the security of our advance base. His loyal and courageous devotion to duty sustains and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. This Marine Ace finished the war with a total of 19 kills. He was awarded his Medal on February 24, 1943, by President Franklin Roosevelt. He rose to the rank of Colonel. After his retirement from the USMC, he went to work for the defense department. Sadly he became depressed after being laid-off from his position and took his own life

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