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First Lieutenant Fred W. Norton Class of 2014

Medal of Honor

United States Army

Distinguished Service Cross

For extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 27th Aero Squadron. 1st Pursuit Group, U. S. Army Air Service A. E. F., in the Toul sector of France on 2 July 1918. Lieutenant Norton as flight commander led a patrol of eight machines, the first large American formation to encounter a large German patrol. His command gave battle to nine enemy battle planes driven by some of the leading aces of the German Army. Although both of his guns jammed at the beginning of the fight and were therefore useless, he stayed with the formation, skillfully maneuvering his machine to the best advantage. He was attacked by enemy planes at four different times, but skillfully avoided them or dived at them. His continued presence was a great moral help to his comrades, who destroyed two of the enemy planes. On 23 July 1918, Lieutenant Norton died of wounds received in action 20 July 1918.


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