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Old 09-24-2015, 07:58 PM
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lousy interview but he is still the real hero
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:00 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTxPpRURPLc
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yyZY1aauxk
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always thought he was shot down in #86 not the 886
Old 09-25-2015, 09:41 AM
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I'm not sure he even flew #86 in combat. That was a photo shoot for the public.
Old 09-25-2015, 12:04 PM
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I got to meet him in 1976 in Bellingham, Wa. at an airshow where he was the guest of honor. Really neat guy, very friendly.
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I've read many books on Pappy..." Once They Were Eagles " by his intelligence officer Frank Walton is the most insightful of all of them.
Basically Pappy fabricated many of his kills to become the leading Marine pilot. His 6 kills in Burma were all highly disputed by his fellow flyers.
One of his last kills on his last flight was never confirmed by the Japs....
Seems he learned after the war that he needed two more claims to break the record so made them up !!!
No doubt he was an excellent leader and pilot with many kills probably more like 20-22 in reality..
And he freely admits.... that he was a pathological liar .!
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I would agree. His claims are highly suspect but still he was in there slugging it out
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I agree...he was the right guy at the right time despite his shortcomings...their squadron record was excellent under the circumstances.
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Boyington said it himself: "Show me a hero and I'll prove he's a bum." He was referring to himself.
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I guess I see that saying in a different light now
Old 09-26-2015, 12:08 AM
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Better check out VF-17, and Tom Blackburn, no fabrications there!
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Read the real story of the Black Sheep and see what they thought of him! He was lucky to get out of China without the other flying tigers shooting him down.
Since they were paid by the kill the other pilots did not take kindly to him claiming theirs. Got the MOH because every one thought he was dead. Not a very nice man, nothing like he's portrayed in the TV series.

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Moa?
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Sorry, my fingers sometimes get ahead of my brain A good friend of mine in our local war birds group loves Corsairs, so when Boyington was at an airshow nearby he stood in line to pay for an autographed picture of Pappy. My friend came back completely disillusioned. My friend was a Navy Vet and looked up to Boyington because the series was running at that time. He said Pappy was a 1st class ass. Interesting how the real person can be so far from the legend.
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I think in reality Pappy was many different people and personalities depending on his state of sobriety ( aren't we all ?...Human )...He was basically and top class A-Hole Drunk in Burma..it wasn't until he got back to the sates and was parking cars again in Washington that he finally realized he had a "mans job" to do...
No doubt he was a great patriot as in his later years he ran for state congressman ( or some political position )...
He loved being in the limelight and made a career out of promoting himself ...phony as he was , achievements and all...must have been hard to live with those character weaknesses...thus the endless achohol abuse.
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I live in his hometown Coeur d'Alene ID and the local airport was named in his honor. He also lived in Saint Maries south if here and Spokane WA west of here.

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Old 09-26-2015, 07:37 PM
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Rambro,
If you want the real story, drop by sometime. My Dad flew with him. Ken Walsh was my Dad's best buddy. I'll show you some of Dad's Guadalcanal pics.
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would love that Lynn

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