Gregory Boyington


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

Died
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.

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“Show me a hero and I'll show you a bum.”
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, Baa Baa Black Sheep

“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

“Some subjects are timeless, and I would say that food is one of them. Yet only by comparing notes this way can We of the World Who Have Known Real Hunger actually get together and form our own sort of imaginary club. Our members today would be from everywhere, from Africa, from Europe, from Asia, everywhere. But regardless of our assorted languages, regardless of our assorted politics, the members would have something far more in common than the members of most clubs do. Would would at least know that the universal implement we all have, the stomach, usually behaves the same way under duress and causes us all to have much the same kinds of dreams.”
Gregory Boyington, Baa Baa Black Sheep

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