Marontate, William, Capt

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7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
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Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate



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World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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William Marontate became a World War II Marine Corps DOUBLE ACE, credited with shooting down THIRTEEN enemy aircraft in aerial combat. He was himself, subsequently shot down and Missing/Killed in Action.

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Navy Cross
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant William Pratt Marontate (MCSN: 0-9410), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VMF-121), Marine Air Group FOURTEEN (MAG-14), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area during a period of intense enemy activity from 9 October 1942 to 15 January 1943. During his first tour of duty in this area, First Lieutenant Marontate, as pilot of a fighter plane, led his four-plane division of the flight with such aggressive skill that fifty-six enemy aircraft were destroyed, he personally accounting for nine hostile aircraft. On 5 January leading a section of fighter planes as protection for a task force, he gallantly fought off enemy aircraft which were attacking our vessels and brought down two Japanese dive bombers and one Zero. While escorting a striking force of dive bombers on January 15 in an attack against enemy shipping off New Georgia Island, he succeeded in destroying at least one enemy aircraft before he was shot down by Japanese fighter planes. His superb airmanship, great courage, and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: October 9, 1942 - January 15, 1943
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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Unit Assignments
VMF-121Missing In Action
  1942-1943, 7598, VMF-121
  1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
 Colleges Attended
University of Washington
  1937-1941, University of Washington
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