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Loren Dale Everton

Date of birth: July 14, 1915
Date of death: February 15, 1991
Place of Birth: Nebraska, Crofton
Home of record: Crofton Nebraska

Loren Everton became a World War II Marine Corps DOUBLE ACE, credited with shooting down TWELVE enemy aircraft in aerial combat before he was wounded on October 20, 1942, and evacuated.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy 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 Navy Cross to Major Loren Dale Everton (MCSN: 0-6381), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWELVE (VMF-212), Marine Air Group TWENTY-THREE (MAG-23), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat with enemy Japanese forces over Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands during August and October 1942. Throughout that strenuous period when the island airfield was under constant bombardment and our precarious ground positions were menaced by the desperate counter thrusts of a fanatical foe, Captain Everton repeatedly patrolled hostile territory, strafed enemy ships and intercepted persistent bombing flights. With bold determination and courageous disregard of personal safety, he pressed home numerous attacks against heavily escorted waves of invading bombers and, in three vigorous fights against tremendous odds, shot down a total of seven Japanese planes. His superb flying skill and dauntless initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 0750 (SofN Signed December 22, 1948)

Action Date: August & October, 1942

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major

Battalion: Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212)

Regiment: Marine Air Group 23 (MAG-23)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major Loren Dale Everton (MCSN: 0-6381), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWELVE (VMF-212), Marine Air Group TWENTY-THREE (MAG-23), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat with enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

General Orders: Heroes U.S. Marine Corps 1861 - 1955 (Jane Blakeney)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major

Company: Marine Fighting Squadron 212 (VMF-212)

Regiment: Marine Air Group 23 (MAG-23)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing