Pappy Boyington Biography

Military Leader, Journalist (1912–1988)
The U.S. government awarded Pappy Boyington a Medal of Honor for his service in World War II as a Marine Corps pilot. He shot down 28 Japanese planes.


Pappy Boyington was born on December 4, 1912, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In 1936, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and became a pilot. After Pearl Harbor, he organized the famous Black Sheep Squadron. He shot down 28 Japanese planes before he himself was shot down in 1944. He was kept as a prisoner of war until 1945. The U.S. government awarded him a Medal of Honor. He died in 1988.

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