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Pond, Kenneth Arthur

Date of death:
September 10th, 1942 (near Guadalcanal, South Pacific)
Mentioned on:
American Cemetery and Memorial Manila
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Servicenumber 9433, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Kenneth Arthur Pond was credited for 6 enemy planes shot down.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Unit:
Marine Fighting Squadron 223 (VMA-223), Marine Air Group 23 (MAG-23), U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on:
April 14th, 1943
Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving as a Pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VMF-223), Marine Air Group TWENTY-THREE (MAG-23), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in aerial combat with enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands from 20 August 1942 to 13 September 1942. Alone, and with utter disregard for his own personal safety, Second Lieutenant Pond courageously attacked and shot down six enemy planes. His outstanding valor and skillful airmanship were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

SPOT AWARD, Serial 197 (SofN Signed April 14, 1943).
Navy Cross

Sources

  • Photo 1: Bill Gonyo
  • - Sterner C.D., Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present

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