Colonel James Swett, USMC

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    Another legend has left us. [​IMG]

    Colonel James Swett Sr., United States Marine Corps pilot of WWII passed away at the age of 88 here in Redding, California.

    He was the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the DFC and held two Purple Hearts for his actions in the South Pacific while assigned to VMF-221.

    From Legacy.com:
    There is a good account of his actions at Wikipedia - James Swett, but the action of 7 April 1943 is where he earned his MoH and became an Ace. It's an amazing story, and is a must-read for any fan of the F4F Wildcat:
     
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    One absolutely hellofa man, Patriot and fighter pilot, his presence will be sorely missed....
     

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    Rest well, Marine. :salute:
     
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    Had a helluva life. Good for him. Hope we all can do as well.
     
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    I found a good photo of Colonel Swett in the "saddle"...
     

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