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Medal of Honor Roll Call: Nathaniel G. Gordon

This young Navy pilot seemed to be taunted the Japanese as he flew low over their guns to rescue other American flyers.

This week’s hero returned home to Arkansas to practice law and later became the state’s lieutenant governor. But, on one day in 1944, he was extraordinary hero, not only for his bravery, but for his skill as a pilot.

Make the most of your day!

–RJL

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Nathaniel G. Gordon

‚?ĘRank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, commander of Catalina patrol plane ‚?ĘPlace and date: Bismarck Sea, 15 February 1944 ‚?ĘEntered service at: Arkansas.

Citation: For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as commander of a Catalina patrol plane in rescuing personnel of the U.S. Army 5th Air Force shot down in combat over Kavieng Harbor in the Bismarck Sea, 15 February 1944. On air alert in the vicinity of Vitu Islands, Lt. (then Lt. j.g.) Gordon unhesitatingly responded to a report of the crash and flew boldly into the harbor, defying close-range fire from enemy shore guns to make 3 separate landings in full view of the Japanese and pick up 9 men, several of them injured. With his cumbersome flying boat dangerously overloaded, he made a brilliant takeoff despite heavy swells and almost total absence of wind and set a course for base, only to receive the report of another group stranded in a rubber life raft 600 yards from the enemy shore. Promptly turning back, he again risked his life to set his plane down under direct fire of the heaviest defenses of Kavieng and take aboard 6 more survivors, coolly making his fourth dexterous takeoff with 15 rescued officers and men. By his exceptional daring, personal valor, and incomparable airmanship under most perilous conditions, Lt. Gordon prevented certain death or capture of our airmen by the Japanese.

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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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