Naval Institute Foundation

October 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Oct2004, Vol. 130 Issue 10, p92
Conference Proceeding
This article focuses on retired Naval Reserve Captain, Earl Rippee of Newport Beach, California and Marine Captain Joe Foss. Captain Rippee joined the Coast Guard during World War II. In 1944, he became a cadet at the Coast Guard Academy. On completion of the accelerated wartime course, he was commissioned as an ensign in 1945. After the war, he transferred to the Naval Reserve and entered the business world. Captain Foss shot down 26 fighters and bombers from October 1942 to January 1943. With his 26th victory, he became the first U.S. pilot of World War II to equal Captain Eddie Rickenbacker's World War I record.


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