Boyington, Gregory, Col

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9907-Colonel, Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer
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Specific Billet MOS
Primary Unit
1946-1947, 9907, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
Service Years
1930 - 1947
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Shellback Certificate
Tailhook Certificate
Officer Collar Insignia



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CWO2 Philip E. Montroy to remember Marine Col Gregory Boyington.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Coeur d' Alene
Last Address
Fresno, CA

Date of Passing
Jan 11, 1988
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot 7A-150

 Official Badges 

USMC Retired Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon US Army Honorable Discharge Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
Historical Marines
  1947, Historical Marines [Verified]

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Last Known Activity
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO FOURTEEN in action against enemy Japanese forces in Central Solomons Area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Major Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major Boyington led a formation of twenty-four fighters over Kahili on 17 October and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down twenty enemy craft in the ensuing action without the loss of a single ship. A superb airman and determined fighter against overwhelming odds, Major Boyington personally destroyed 26 of the many Japanese planes shot down by his squadron and by his forceful leadership developed the combat readiness in his command which was a distinctive factor in the Allied aerial achievements in this vitally strategic area.


Navy Cross

DGP: Serial 00699 (Approved SofN May 25, 1944)

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (MCSN: 0-5254), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer and a Pilot of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN (VMF-214), Marine Air Group ELEVEN (MAG-11), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, during action against enemy aerial forces in the New Britain Island Area on 3 January 1944. Climaxing a period of duty conspicuous for exceptional combat achievement, Major Boyington led a formation of Allied planes on a fighter sweep over Rabaul against a vastly superior number of hostile fighters. Diving in a steep run into the climbing Zeros, he made a daring attack, sending one Japanese fighter to destruction in flames. A tenacious and fearless airman under extremely hazardous conditions, Major Boyington succeeded in communicating to those who served with him, the brilliant and effective tactics developed through a careful study of enemy techniques, and led his men into combat with inspiring and courageous determination. His intrepid leadership and gallant fighting spirit reflect the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service.

Other Comments:
My  uncle, former Marine Captain C. L. Goudreau, first met Col. Boyington at NAS Pensacola while a flight student.  At my uncle's death in Feb., 1976, Col. Boyington attended his funeral in Jackson, MI.  Several weeks later he sent my aunt and me autographed copies of his book "Baa Baa Blacksheep".

This profile page was added only because the other profile pages for Col. Boyington only referenced his service with VMF-214.  It was my desire to show his entire military background and not just repeat his well-known record with VMF-214.  Col. Boyington was a true warrior, very dedicated Marine and a real character.
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Pilot Wings
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1936, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), X
  1940, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), X (Instructor)
 Unit Assignments
US ArmyUS Army ReserveNaval Flight TrainingFirst Marine Aviation Force
USMC (United States Marine Corps)CINCPACFLTNATTC, Pensacola FLAmerican Volunteer Groups (AVG) Flying Tigers
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)VMF-112VMF-214Prisoner of War
  1930-1934, US Army
  1934-1936, 0800, US Army Reserve
  1936-1937, Naval Flight Training
  1937-1938, 7503, First Marine Aviation Force
  1938-1939, Basic School for Marine Officers, Philadelphia Navy Yard
  1939-1940, 7598, CINCPACFLT
  1940-1941, 7503, NATTC, Pensacola FL
  1941-1942, 9965, American Volunteer Groups (AVG) Flying Tigers
  1942-1943, 7503, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1942-1943, 7302, VMF-112
  1943-1944, VMF-214
  1944-1945, Prisoner of War - Japan
  1945-1945, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1946-1947, 9907, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1941-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Pacific Specified Raids Campaign (1942)
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1942-44)/Battle of the Green Islands
 Colleges Attended
University of Washington
  1930-1934, University of Washington
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