Foss, Joseph

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Foss, Joseph




(1915-2003) Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Born 17 April 1915, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Resident of Paradise Valley, AZ. Cited for action 9 October to 19 November 1942; 15 and 23 January 1943, at Guadalcanal. Engaging in almost daily-contact with the enemy during the 9 October to 19 November period, Captain Foss personally shot down 23 Japanese planes and damaged others probably beyond survival. On 15 January 1943 he downed three more enemy planes. Later that month he led an attack on Japanese fighters and bombers that resulted in four Japanese fighters being shot down and the bombers were turned back without dropping a single bomb.

Medal of Honor Recipient