Tag is named to Captain Homer Cornell.
Here is some history about him.
Cornell enlisted in the Marine Corps on 13 February 1939.
He began flight training on 15 November 1941 at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Florida and completed it on 20 June 1942.
6 October 1942 he joined VMSB-143 and later arrived at Henderson Field. He participated in the Bougainville campaign and flew a Grumman TBF Avenger which was a torpedo bomber.
There is a cool article I found about Captain Cornell while in combat with a reporter which I will show in the post. He received the DFC and also looks to have ditched in the sea off Espiiito Santo, but for some odd reason his file dropped off in 1942, so I can't find much info on either of those events
Later with Marine Torpedo Squadron 1/3, MAG-11 in late of 1943 before going stateside for the remainder of the war at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Florida probably as a flight trainer but not sure.
He got out in 1946, but went back when the Korean War started in 1950. Unfortunately, while Captain Cornell was flying a F7F-3P Tigercat his plane stalled out over South Korea and he was killed in the crash on 22 February 1951 He was with Headquarters Squadron, 1st MAW.
Edited by USdog, 07 February 2015 - 03:13 PM.