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Edward L. Feightner
RADM "Whitey" Feightner in 1970
|Birth name||Edward Lewis Feightner|
October 14, 1919|
Lima, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||April 1, 2020
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1941–1974 (33 years)|
|Commands held||USS Okinawa (LPH-3)
USS Chikaskia (AO-54)
Air Group 10
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross (4)
Air Medal (12)
Navy Commendation Medal
Congressional Gold Medal
|Other work||Aerospace Industry|
Rear Admiral Edward Lewis "Whitey" Feightner (October 14, 1919 – April 1, 2020) was a United States Navy officer. He was known for his services in World War II Pacific Theater of Operations. During two combat tours, he shot down nine enemy aircraft to become a flying ace.
He commanded two Navy ships, served as the head of Navy Fighter Design, and was a key contributor to fighter studies that resulted in the development of jet aircraft that as of 2015[update] are still in active service.
Feightner was the only pilot to land the dash-1 variant of the Vought F7U Cutlass aboard a carrier. He led VF-11 to become the first Atlantic fleet unit in which every pilot received the coveted "E" award in a single exercise. He turned 100 in October 2019.
Awards and Decorations
Feightner was awarded the following decorations for his military service.
|Badge||United States Naval Aviator|
|1st Row||Legion of Merit with one gold award star||Distinguished Flying Cross
with three gold stars
|2nd Row||Air Medal with two silver and one gold star||Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal||Combat Action Ribbon|
|3rd Row||Navy Presidential Unit Citation with three service stars||China Service Medal||American Defense Service Medal|
|4th Row||American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with eleven campaign stars||World War II Victory Medal|
|5th Row||Navy Occupation Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star||Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star|
Images for kids
Fighter aircraft contrails mark the sky over Task Force 58 on June 19, 1944
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