Editor’s note: Fred Dungan was born in Los Angeles, CA on June 27, 1921. He also has a Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and was inducted into the Golden Eagles, an elite group of naval pioneers of aviation. He has been involved with San Clemente’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program for the last 20 years.
LTJG. Fred Leroy Dungan, U.S.N.
Citation: Navy Cross
War: World War II
Lieutenant Junior Grade Fred Leroy Dungan: Distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as pilot of a carrier-based airplane. When participating in a mission over enemy territory on 4 July 1944, in the vicinity of the Bonin Islands, he was attacked by several float fighter planes. Although alone, and outnumbered many times, he did not break away from pursuing planes, but remained with them until another carrier-based fighter plane came to his assistance. He then turned into the enemy and, by the exercise of intelligence, courage and brilliant tactical skill; he shot down four of the attacking enemy planes. Although severely wounded in the left shoulder during the battle, he brought his own plane safely home, making this successful carrier landing. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Mr. Dungan achieved Ace Status with 7 enemy aircraft shot down.
Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS
More about Lieutenant Junior Grade Fred Leroy Dungan:
- Valor Award (Military Times)
- WWII pilot, 90, recalls the dogfight of his life (OCRegister)
- World War II flying ace celebrates 95 (OCRegister)
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