Gregory Boyington


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(1912–88) Marine Corps aviator, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In World War II, Boyington was a fighter pilot with the American Volunteer Group (AVG) (the famous ”Flying Tigers”) in air combat over Burma and China (1942), and with Marine Fighter Squadron 214, (the legendary ”Black Sheep” 1943–44). With twenty-eight victories he was the top marine ace of World War II and the top marine ace ever. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He wrote an autobiography, Baa Baa Black Sheep, in 1958.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

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