Black Sheep One

Black Sheep One

The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

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Black Sheep One is the first biography of legendary warrior and World War II hero Gregory Boyington. In 1936, Boyington became an aviation cadet and earned the “wings of gold” of a naval aviator. After only a short period on active duty, however, he was “encouraged” to resign from the Marine Corps due to his unconventional behavior. Remarkably, this inauspicious beginning was just the prologue to a heroic career as an American fighter pilot and innovative combat leader. With the onset of World War II, when skilled pilots were in demand, he became the commander of an ad hoc squadron of flying leathernecks. Led by Medal of Honor winner Boyington, the legendary Black Sheep set a blistering pace of aerial victories against the enemy.

Though many have observed that when the shooting stops, combat heroes typically just fade away, nothing could be further from the truth for Boyington. Blessed with inveterate luck, the stubbornly independent Boyington lived a life that went beyond what even the most imaginative might expect. Exhaustively researched and richly detailed, here is the complete story of this American original.


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Baker & Taylor
Relates the story of "Pappy" Boyington, World War II flying ace and leader of the "Black Sheep" squadron, who led many successful missions over the Pacific Theater, earned a Medal of Honor, and was shot down and captured by the Japanese.

Baker
& Taylor

The heroic true story of the World War II flying ace follows his leadership of the colorful "Black Sheep" squadron who led many successful missions over the Pacific Theatre, earned a Medal of Honor, and was eventually shot down and captured by the Japanese.

Publisher: Novato, CA : Presidio Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780891417163
0891417168
Branch Call Number: 940.544973 G143bo
Characteristics: x, 452 p., [18] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm

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