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The Lives of Two of Florida's Medal of Honor Recipients   

Courage is where you find it. High in the skies over the Pacific. Or, slogging in the muddy mountains of Italy.

West Palm Beach graduate Commander David McCampbell was the US Navy’s most famous "Ace" in the Pacific in WWII, shooting down 34 Japanese planes and Commander of the Air Group on the carrier Essex. He set a record for shooting down 9 in one day.

James Henry Mills, born near Mulberry Florida, was often called the "Sargent York of WWII." His single-handed exploits in a battle defy any movie writer's duplication. When called to be decorated, his fear was he would be court-martialed for losing his rifle during the battle. His life of hardship is a sobering tale of how some of our bravest fare.

 

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