The Marine Corps In World War Two: ‘Flying Deacon’ Back In States

Carl | October 11, 2013 

MCAD, MIRAMAR—The “Flying Deacon,” a soft-spoken Missouri school teacher who led his fellow fighter pilots in prayer before each take-off, has returned from the Southwest Pacific, winner of the Air Medal and Gold Star for blasting two Jap planes from the sky and probably destroying two

others. He received the Gold Star in place of a second Air Medal. He is Capt. William Y. Moore of Weaubleau, Mo., a member of the “Fighting Falcons” squadron, credited with the destruction of 95 enemy planes. He went through 75 combat missions without a scratch.

From the 22 January 1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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