Marine Corps News From World War Two: Air Aces ‘Gripe’ For More Action

SAN FRANCISCO

Famous as “Last Man Off Wake Island,” Col. Walter Bayler of Lebanon, Pa., recently returned here after two months’ official tour of air stations in the Central and South Pacific and conveyed only one gripe—that from men with outstanding combat records who, since rests in the U.S., have been placed in charge of overseas air units.

Among those he met were Lt.Col. John L. Smith, 19 Zeros; Lt.Col. Robert Galer, who shot down 13 at Guadalcanal and was downed three times himself, and Maj. Marion Carl, 18.
All of them, he said, are eager for more action against the Japs than they are getting.


From the 18March1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron

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