Tribute: Gone but not Forgotten

A Tribute to the Fallen -- On July 14, 1945, my Uncle Steve gave his life in the service of his country. Like many of our service members, he was young and in the prime of his life at the time of his death. He was one of the Navy's premier aviators, selected to fly the carrier-based Chance-Vought F4U-1D/FG-1D Corsair. He was awarded the Air Medal posthumously for meritorious achievement in aerial flight as pilot of a fighter plane, attached to the U.S.S. BENNINGTON, in action against the Kamaishi, Honshu. His plane was shot down and his remains were never recovered. In Arlington National Cemetery, a headstone stands in his memory in Memorial Section E. In his honor, and in memory of all who have died in service to their country, I present Tribute to the Fallen.