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John F. Bolt

Born: May 19, 1921

Death: Sep 8, 2004

Birthplace: Laurens

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

John F. Bolt

Date of Birth : May 19, 1921
Date of Death : Sep 8, 2004
Birth Place : Laurens

John Franklin Bolt was a United States Marine Corps aviator and a decorated flying ace who served during World War II and the Korean War. He remains the only U.S. Marine to achieve ace status in two wars and was also the only Marine jet fighter ace. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during his military career. Born to a poor family in Laurens, South Carolina, Bolt was a self-described "workaholic" and was involved in numerous groups and social activities throughout his life. After dropping out of the University of Florida for financial reasons in 1941, he joined the US Navy and trained as a Marine Corps pilot. Sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations, he flew an F4U Corsair during the campaigns in the Marshall Islands and New Guinea, claiming six victories against Japanese A6M Zeros. Bolt continued his service through the Korean War, entering combat through an exchange program with the United States Air Force in late 1952.


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