This highly-decorated U.S. Navy pilot shot down a confirmed 11 Japanese aircraft, including a Japanese ace. Commanding a squadron of Hellcat fighters off the carrier Essex, he shot down 5 in one day over Cebu Island, in the Philippines. He was also credited with sinking a destroyer escort by firing at the depth charges on her stern until they exploded, sinking the ship. The long-time East Greenwich resident served in Korea, and also commanded a Quonset-based early warning squadron. His many honors included the Navy Cross, 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star and 10 Air Medals. His widow Priscilla will accept the citation.