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Thomas Buchanan McGuire, Jr.

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
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y rest,
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    Shineth bright,
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  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  August 01, 1920 at Ridgewood, NJ

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from Sebring, FL

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on December 25 & 26, 1944 at Luzon, Philippine Islands

DIED:  January 07, 1945 at the age of 24

Major McGuire led a group of P-38s flying as cover for bombers striking the Mabalacat airdrome on Luzon, Philippine Islands on December 25, 1944. Attacked by enemy fighters and at times outnumbered 3 to 1, he shot down three Japanese Zeroes. After his guns jammed, he forced a hostile plane into his wingman's line of fire. The next day he again volunteered to lead escort fighters on a mission against Clark Field and repeating the same self-sacrificing bravery, he destroyed four more enemy planes, bringing his total to 38 enemy planes destroyed.
On January 7, 1945, only weeks after his Medal of Honor action, Major McGuire was killed while trying to save a comrade from attack by an enemy fighter.

 

 

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