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GALER, ROBERT EDWARD - Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient WW II

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GALER, ROBERT EDWARD - Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient WW II

Posted: 12 Jan 2007 11:12AM GMT
Classification: Military
Surnames: Galer
GALER, ROBERT EDWARD

Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Fighter Sqdn. 244. Place: Solomon Islands Area. Entered service at: Washington. Born: 23 October 1913, Seattle, Wash. Other Navy awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross. Citation: For conspicuous heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty as leader of a marine fighter squadron in aerial combat with enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area. Leading his squadron repeatedly in daring and aggressive raids against Japanese aerial forces, vastly superior in numbers, Maj. Galer availed himself of every favorable attack opportunity, individually shooting down 11 enemy bomber and fighter aircraft over a period of 29 days. Though suffering the extreme physical strain attendant upon protracted fighter operations at an altitude above 25,000 feet, the squadron under his zealous and inspiring leadership shot down a total of 27 Japanese planes. His superb airmanship, his outstanding skill and personal valor reflect great credit upon Maj. Galer's gallant fighting spirit and upon the U.S. Naval Service.


Also recieved the Legion of Merit, The Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart


Source: http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/moh1.htm


BURIAL INFORMATION

Location: Austin, Texas
Cemetery: Texas State Cemetery


Born: 1913 Seattle, WA

Died: 2005


Source, additional information and cemetery monument photo:

http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/states/pages_go/galer...

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Galer

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