Ira Kepford F4u Corsair - White Background
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Ira Kepford Corsair (F4U-1D) Jolly Roger
One of the U.S. Navy's premiere aces, Ira "Ike" Kepford scored 16 confirmed victories while serving with VF-17 "Jolly Rogers". During the Battle of the Solomon Sea, Kepford scored 4 victories before nearly running out of ammunition and fuel. He prepared for an emergency landing aboard the nearby U.S.S. Bunker Hill, w hereby Captain Ballentine was pleased the young defender came aboard. Captain Ballentine even served Kepford with a refreshment. Kepford earned two Navy Crosses, the Silver Star, the Gold Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Air Medal, and the American Defense Service Medal.
November 10th, 2013
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