James I. Mestrovitch
Sergeant, US Army

Born:   May 22, 1894 at Crna Cora, Yugoslavia
Entered Service:   Pittsburgh, PA
Date/Place of Action:   August 10, 1918 - Fismette, France
Unit:  Company C, 111th Infantry, 28th Division
Presentation:  1922
Date of Death:   November 04, 1918  (Killed In Action)
Buried at:  Sveti Jovan Church Cemetery - Crna Gora, Yugoslavia

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On August 21 a Naval seaplane pilot earned the first Medal of Honor by an American airman in Austria.  One month later near Pensacola, Florida a second Naval aviator earned the Medal of Honor for his heroism following a non-combat air accident.  

These two first heroes of the air established a legacy that would soon be followed by four Army and two Marine Corps aviators in the closing weeks of The Great War. 

 

Charles Hazeltine Hammann
Ensign, US Navy

Born:   March 16, 1892 at Baltimore, MD
Entered Service:   Maryland
Date/Place of Action:  August 21, 1918 - Pola, Austria
Unit:   Pilot (Seaplane)
Presentation:  Unknown
Date of Death:   June 14, 1919
Buried at:   Oak Lawn Cemetery - Baltimore, MD

Francis Edward Ormsbee, Jr.
Chief Machinist's Mate, US Navy

Born:   April 30, 1892 at Providence, RI
Entered Service:   Florida
Date/Place of Action:  September 25, 1918 - Pensacola, FL (USA)
Unit:   Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL
Presentation:  G.O. 436, WD - 1918
Date of Death:   October 24, 1936 
Buried at:   St. Francis Cemetery - Newport, RI

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