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While the heroism of the World War I aviator could not be discounted, the value of the airplane as a military weapon faced an uphill battle among traditional military planners.  In the two decades of relative peace the United States enjoyed after The War to End all Wars, military aviators continued to prove their courage to demonstrate the value of flight.  Congress recognized the non-combat heroism of aviators who pushed the envelope with specially authorized Medals of Honor.  Two Naval aviators, Commander Richard Byrd and Machinist Floyd Bennett received Medals of Honor for their aerial expedition to the North Pole in 1926.  The Army Air Corps followed that historic flight the following year when the LONE EAGLE, a reserve pilot, demonstrated that aerial flight knew no geographical boundaries, and flew alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.
Captain, US Army Air Corps (Reserve)

Born:   February 04, 1902 at Detroit, MI
Entered Service:  
Little Falls, MN
Date/Place of Action: 
May 20 & 21, 1927 - Atlantic Flight, In the Air
Unit:   U.S. Army Air Corps
Presentation
By Special Act of Congress, 1928
Date of Death:     
August 26, 1974
Buried at:   
Kipahulu Church Cemetery - Maui, HI

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