The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McGUlRE, THOMAS B., JR.
Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps,
13th Air Force. Place and Date Over Luzon, Philippine Islands, 2526 December 1944. Entered
Service at: Sebring, Fla.. Birth: Ridgewood, N.J. G.O. No.: 24, 7 March
He fought with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity over Luzon, Philippine Islands.
Voluntarily, he led a squadron of 15 P-38's as top cover for heavy bombers striking
Mabalacat Airdrome, where his formation was attacked by 20 aggressive Japanese fighters.
In the ensuing action he repeatedly flew to the aid of embattled comrades, driving off
enemy assaults while himself under attack and at times outnumbered 3 to 1, and even after
his guns jammed, continuing the fight by forcing a hostile plane into his wingman's line
of fire. Before he started back to his base he had shot down 3 Zeros. The next day he
again volunteered to lead escort fighters on a mission to strongly defended Clark Field.
During the resultant engagement he again exposed himself to attacks so that he might
rescue a crippled bomber. In rapid succession he shot down 1 aircraft, parried the attack
of 4 enemy fighters, 1 of which he shot down, single-handedly engaged 3 more Japanese,
destroying 1, and then shot down still another, his 38th victory in aerial combat. On 7
January 1945, while leading a voluntary fighter sweep over Los Negros Island, he risked an
extremely hazardous maneuver at low altitude in an attempt to save a fellow flyer from
attack, crashed, and was reported missing in action. With gallant initiative, deep and
unselfish concern for the safety of others, and heroic determination to destroy the enemy
at all costs, Maj. McGuire set an inspiring example in keeping with the highest traditions
of the military service.