June 4, 1942 was the turning point of World War II in the Pacific. On that day, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto launched aircraft from a massive fleet that was to attack Midway Island and draw the American navy into a decisive battle. On Midway, a reinforced US Marine garrison waited. Flying Brewster Buffalos and a few newly arrived Grumman Wildcats the marine pilots would soon meet the aerial onslaught. Many of those flying the Brewsters would not return. One of the fortunate pilots to draw a Wildcat was Captain Marion Carl. Major General Marion Eugene Carl, USMC, was a World War II fighter ace, record-setting test pilot, and naval aviator. During World War II, he became the first-ever Marine Corps ace.Captain Carl would gain his first victory that day in an aircraft which he would come to know well as he continued to battle the Japanese in the skies over another island…Guadalcanal. He would soon become the first US Marine Corps ace and go on to tally 18 aerial victories in World War II. General Carl would go on to become a test pilot and record setter. He is undoubtedly one of the best of the USMC’s “few good men.” Grumman F4F WildcatEDITION: 1000 signed/numbered by Jay Ashurst and Marion Carl
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