[BOYINGTON, Col. Gregory]
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D,; FORRESTAL, James.
1.) Document signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), Washington, no date. 1 page, quarto, on mint green White House stationery, "The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Congressional Medal of Honor to Major Gregory Boyington. The Citation continues as follows: "For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron Two Fourteen in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Central Solomons Area from September 12, 1943 to January 3, 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Major Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major Boyington led a formation of twenty-four fighters over Kahili on October 17 and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hosile aircraft were grounded boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down twenty enemy aircraft ... without the loss of a single ship ..."
2.) Document signed ("James Forrestal") as Secretary of the Navy, on behalf of the President, Washington, no date. 1 page, quarto, on stationery of the Secretary of the navy, being Boyington's citation and award of the Navy Cross. In this case for a "... fighter sweep over Rabaul, [January 3, 1944], against a vastly superior number of hostile fighters. Diving in a steep run into the climbing Zeros, he made a daring attack, sending one Japanese fighter to destruction in flames ... His intrepid leadership and gallant fighting spirit reflect the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service. (2)