Buttle's World

28 June, 2009

A Real Pilot Passes

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 18:30

Col. Kenneth L. Reusser, USMC Retired, known as the most decorated aviator in history has died. He was shot down in three wars.

In 1945, while based in Okinawa, he stripped down his F4U-4 Corsair fighter and intercepted a Japanese observation plane at a high altidude. When his guns froze, he flew his fighter into the observation plane, hacking off its tail with his propeller.

In 1950 in Korea led an attack on a North Korean tank-repair facility at Inchon, then destroyed an oil tanker almost blowing himself out of the sky.

In Vietnam he flew helicopters and was leading a rescue mission when his Huey was shot down. He needed skin grafts over 35 percent of his badly burned body.

Whatever the Right Stuff is, Reusser had it.

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1 Comment »

  1. Thank God for all such Marines….A Real Man….

    Semper Fi to all the Leathernecks!

    Comment by Joan Caldwell — 29 June, 2009 @ 10:26


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