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Floyd Claude Kirkpatrick

Date of birth: May 10, 1918
Date of death: April 13, 1997
Place of Birth: California, Dorris
Home of record: Klamath Falls Oregon

Floyd Kirkpatrick became a World War II Marine Corps ACE, credited with shooting down FIVE enemy aircraft in aerial combat, and assisting in the destruction of a sixth enemy airplane.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Floyd Claude Kirkpatrick (MCSN: 0-10979), United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in Marine Fighting Squadron FOUR HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMF-441), during aerial operations against enemy Japanese forces in the areas west of Okinawa Shima and Nansei Shoto, on 16 April 1945. Intercepting a flight of approximately twenty-five enemy aircraft which had assaulted a fighter director ships while flying as a member of a twelve-plane combat air patrol, Captain Kirkpatrick shot down three bombers and assisted in dispersing the remainder. His airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: TAF Ryukyus SPOT: Serial 0042 A

Action Date: April 16, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Battalion: Marine Fighting Squadron 441 (VMF-441)

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Floyd Claude Kirkpatrick (MCSN: 0-10979), United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in Marine Fighting Squadron FOUR HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMF-441), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto, from 25 to 30 April 1945. Completing his twentieth mission during this period, Captain Kirkpatrick contributed materially to the success of his squadron. His gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: TAF Ryukyus SPOT: Serial 00666

Action Date: April 25 - 30, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Battalion: Marine Fighting Squadron 441 (VMF-441)

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Floyd Claude Kirkpatrick (MCSN: 0-10979), United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in Marine Fighting Squadron FOUR HUNDRED FORTY-ONE (VMF-441), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa Shima, Nansei Shoto, from 14 to 18 May 1945. Completing his fortieth mission during this period, Captain Kirkpatrick contributed materially to the success of his squadron. His gallant devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: TAF Ryukyus SPOT: Serial 00395 A

Action Date: May 14 - 18, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Battalion: Marine Fighting Squadron 441 (VMF-441)

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Third Gold Star in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Floyd Claude Kirkpatrick (MCSN: 0-10979), United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Plane in Marine Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWELVE (VMF-212), during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 30 August 1951. Flying over mountainous terrain in extremely adverse weather, Major Kirkpatrick skillfully led his division to the target area by use of instruments during a close air support mission. Learning that friendly forces were pinned down by a strong concentration of ground fire from a body of 600 of the enemy strategically located in trenches and bunkers on a ridge at the head of a valley, he immediately directed his flight to orbit and personally reconnoitered the area at extremely low altitude in the face of heavy hostile anti-aircraft fire to pinpoint the positions occupied by the enemy accurately. Rejoining his flight, he initiated two daring napalm attacks against the hostile troops entrenched on the ridge, scored four direct hits on the bunkers with his rockets which caused secondary explosions and large fires and, despite increasing enemy fire, continued to press determined strafing runs on the objective until his ammunition was expended. By his marked courage, brilliant airmanship and unswerving devotion to duty, Major Kirkpatrick contributed materially to the success of his slight in completely obliterating the hostile stronghold and in inflicting 480 casualties on the enemy forces, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, SPOT: Serial 4204

Action Date: August 30, 1951

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major

Battalion: Marine Fighter Squadron 212 (VMF-212)