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World War I - U.S. Army Air Service

Frank Luke Jr.

Details
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group,
    Air Service
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army Air Service
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 29, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Murvaux, France
Citation

After having previously destroyed a number of enemy aircraft within 17 days, he voluntarily started on a patrol after German observation balloons. Though pursued by eight German planes which were protecting the enemy balloon line, he unhesitatingly attacked and shot down in flames three German balloons, being himself under heavy fire from ground batteries and the hostile planes. Severely wounded, he descended to within 50 meters of the ground, and flying at this low altitude near the town of Murvaux opened fire upon enemy troops, killing six and wounding as many more. Forced to make a landing and surrounded on all sides by the enemy, who called upon him to surrender, he drew his automatic pistol and defended himself gallantly until he fell dead from a wound in the chest.

Medal of Honor Recipient Frank Luke Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Frank Luke Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 29, 1919

    Phoenix, Arizona, presented by Brig. Gen. Howard R. Hickok to his Father

  • Born: May 19, 1897, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ, United States
  • Died: September 29, 1918, near Murvaux, France
  • Buried: Meuse-Argonne Cemetery (MH) (A-26-13), Romagne Meuse, France
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
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