Lt. Dante Benedetti

USMC
VMSB 141

 

Flying from Henderson Field, on a Dive-Bombing Mission in support of Marine Infantry, Dante Benedetti was lost in action over Guadalcanal on Oct 14, 1942.   He voluntarily slid into the tail-end charlie position giving up his safer no.2 spot in the 6 plane formation. He was jumped from behind by a Zero just as he entered his bomb run.  He was mistakenly reported M.I.A. for a year and a half. Through the gallant efforts of a Marine Infantryman, and high school friend Dante was finally awarded the Five Medals he had earned following a 22 year battle with the USMC bureauacracy culminating in 1994.

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