Gregory Boyington

in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, The United States
December 04, 1912

January 11, 1988

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was the U.S. Marine Corps' top scoring fighter ace during the Second World War, scoring 28 victories in aerial combat. ...more

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

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Ace! A Marine Night-Fighter...

3.91 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1985 — 6 editions
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F4U Corsair at War

3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1977 — 3 editions
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“Show me a hero and I'll show you a bum.”
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, Baa Baa Black Sheep

“I was told by “Chesty” Puller* years ago, there is only a hairline’s difference between a Navy Cross and a general court-martial.”
Gregory Boyington, Baa Baa Black Sheep: The True Story of the "Bad Boy" Hero of the Pacific Theatre and His Famous Black Sheep Squadron

“But more than that, they give nobody else credit for knowing how to laugh, or even how to make up his own mind about his own things when these things happen to be bad. Those starved, ragged kids back in camp had more individuality than that. And because they had it, they are what Americans are supposed to be, and they are what I like to think REAL Americans still are: people who, through the years, were able to take it on the lam, laugh about it, then take it again—but always going forward on their own individual guts.”
Gregory Boyington, Baa Baa Black Sheep

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