Notable Flying Leathernecks: Robert Hanson

Notable Flying Leathernecks: Robert Hanson

The Alvis Grant portrait reproduction of Robert Murray Hanson as well as his Medal of Honor Citation are displayed on the Wall of Honor at the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.

A leading Marine Corps ace during the Second World War, he is famous for shooting down 20 Japanese planes in six consecutive days. Hanson is credited with 25 total “kills,” including four Zeros, six torpedo bombers, and several other Japanese aircraft.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Hanson also received the Navy Cross for his courage and extraordinary airmanship between January 5, 1944, and February 3, 1944, two Purple Hearts and the Air Medal.

First Lieutenant Hanson was killed in action on February 3, 1944, just one day short of his 24th birthday.

Volunteer Profile and Tribute: Justin Whitney

Volunteer Profile and Tribute: Justin Whitney

In this special volunteer profile episode, we congratulate Justin Whitney; today, June 11, 2021, as we celebrate his graduation from high school and express our profound thanks for the tremendous support he has provided the Foundation.

Volunteer Profile: Volunteer Coordinator, David Zekert

Volunteer Profile: Volunteer Coordinator, David Zekert

The stories of the Flying Leathernecks are preserved and shared by a committed and diverse team of volunteers and staff at the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.

In today’s podcast we profile David Zekert, the Foundation’s volunteer coordinator and a civilian who began volunteering for the Foundation in 2010.

Notable Flying Leathernecks: James Webb

Notable Flying Leathernecks: James Webb

In today’s podcast we asked space expert and Foundation board member, Dr. Joe Bassi (USAF retired), about the James Webb Space Telescope and Mr. Webb’s extraordinary NASA career and ties to USMC aviation.

The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch in 2021.