Wednesday’s Hero – Maj. Thomas McGuire Jr.


Maj. Thomas McGuire Jr.
Maj. Thomas McGuire Jr.
24 years old
from Sebring, Florida
475th Fighter Group
August 1, 1920 – January 7, 1945
U.S. Air Force

On January 7, 1945, McGuire was leading a group of four P-38s – himself, Major Jack Rittmayer (four victories), Captain Edwin Weaver (two victories) and Lieutenant Douglas Thropp (one victory) – on a fighter sweep over northern Negros Island in the central Philippines.

Their aim was to gain victories. McGuire desperately wanted to pass Major Richard Bong’s score of 40 kills. Descending through cloud cover, McGuire’s flight circled a Japanese airfield at Fabrica and then proceeded to a second airstrip at Manapla (also referred to as Carolina). As they approached Manapla, they were confronted by a lone Ki-43 “Oscar”, which immediately engaged McGuire’s flight.

You can read more about Maj. McGuire here.

  • USAAF pilot badge
  •  Medal of Honor
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  •  Silver Star with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  • Distinguished Flying Cross with silver oak leaf cluster
  • Purple Heart with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal with two silver and four oak leaf clusters
  •  Presidential Unit Citation with 3 bronze oak leaf clusters
  • American Defense Service Medal
  • American Campaign Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars
  • World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg  World War II Victory Medal

This post was suggested by Michael.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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