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Medal of Honor Roll Call: Edward V. Rickenbacker

While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control.

This month our focus is ‚??Familiar Names‚?? ‚?? those who most will recognize. If you don‚??t, here‚??s your chance to see what the hoop-la is about. Each week I will be including web address‚??s to dig deeper into each story as well. Kicking it all off is our recipient from WW1; the famous ‚??Cap‚??n Eddie‚??. See more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Rickenbacker

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–RJL

Citation: RICKENBACKER, EDWARD V. (Air Mission) Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 94th Aero Squadron, Air Service. Place and date: Near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. Entered service at: Columbus, Ohio. Born: 8 October 1890, Columbus, Ohio. G.O. No.: 2, W.D., 1931. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.

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Robert J. Laplander is a military historian and the the author of Finding the Lost Battalion and other works. You may see his endeavors at www.lulu.com/lostbattalion or: http://bit.ly/kUcnN2

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