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John Riley Kane

Date of birth: January 5, 1907
Date of death: May 29, 1996
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Texas, McGregor
Home of record: Shreveport Louisiana

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Colonel (Air Corps) John Riley Kane, United States Army Air Forces, for conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty Headquarters, 98th Bombardment Group (H), Ninth Air Force in action on 1 August 1943. On this date Colonel Kane led the third element of heavy bombardment aircraft in a mass low-level bombing attack against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries in Rumania. En route to the target, which necessitated a round-trip flight of over 2,400 miles, Colonel Kane's element became separated from the leading portion of the massed formation in avoiding dense and dangerous cumulous cloud conditions over mountainous terrain. Rather than turn back from such a vital mission he elected to proceed to his target. Upon arrival at the target area it was discovered that another group had apparently missed its target and had previously attacked and damaged the target assigned to Colonel Kane's element. Despite the thoroughly warned defenses, the intensive anti-aircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, extreme hazards on a low-level attack of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions and dense smoke over the target area, Colonel Kane elected to lead his formation into the attack. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, he and the formation under his command successfully attacked this vast refinery so essential to our enemies' war effort. Through his conspicuous gallantry in this most hazardous action against the enemy, and by his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Colonel Kane personally contributed vitally to the success of this daring mission and thereby rendered most distinguished service in the furtherance of the defeat of our enemies.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 54, September 7, 1943

Action Date: 1-Aug-43

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Company: Headquarters

Regiment: 98th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 9th Air Force

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Air Corps) John Riley Kane, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the NINTH Air Force during World War II. His plane became separated from the formation and was attacked from the rear by an enemy fighter. Although the tail and top turrets of his bomber became inoperative, he successfully outmaneuvered the pursuing ME-110 through eight different attacks. The fighter eventually exhausted its ammunition and was forced to break off the attack without causing any appreciable damage to Kane's aircraft. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 38 (1943) & Headquarters, 9th Air Force, General Orders No. 53 (1943)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 98th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 9th Air Force

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Air Corps) John Riley Kane, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), NINTH Air Force, during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 98th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 9th Air Force

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Air Corps) John Riley Kane, United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a B-24 Bomber, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), NINTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in December 1942, over Naples, Italy. His devotion to duty and courage under all conditions serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Force of the United States.

Action Date: December 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 98th Bombardment Group (H)

Division: 9th Air Force