Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient for his bravery as a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War.He was declared a prisoner of war after he went missing after he was downed from the sky. He was captured by a Japanese submarine and spent 20 months in Japanese prison camps.He is buried next to boxing legend Joe Louis.BEFORE FAME
He joined ROTC at the University of Washington and became a cadet captain.PERSONAL LIFE
He had three children with his first wife but was considered an absentee father.FUN FACTS
Pilot Pappy Boyington were born on Wednesday, in a leap year, birthstone is Turquoise, the seaon was Fall in the Chinese year of Rat, it is 331 days until Pappy Boyington next birthday.