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James Swett was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions over the Guadalcanal in the Western Pacific, April, 1943. Brand new to combat James Swett flew against a siege of Japanese aircraft that rivaled the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Swett and seven other men fearlessly defended their fleet against over 150 enemy aircraft. He would claim seven kills within the first few minutes of the battle making him an ace on his first combat mission.
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