From the Publisher
The first book ever about the life of Major Thomas B.McGuire, Jr., one of this country’s most decorated soldiers of all time. McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, is named for America’s number two all-time ace. He was awarded America’s highest awards, including Congressional Medal of Honor, Dist. Service Cross, six Dist. Flying Crosses, three Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts, 14 Air Medals and others in two years of WWII combat. He died in closing days of the war saving a wingman’s life. Book cotains a never before published letter from Charles Lindbergh to McGuire’s widow. Lindbergh had befriended McGuire, flying combat with him in SW Pacific. Book includes 50 photographs.
From the Author
I have known the McGuire story most of my life. McGuire and I were raised in Sebring, Florida and graduated from the same high school. I waited 25 years for someone to write the story and then spent 25 years researching and writing this book with the help of McGuire’s widow and other family members. I had access to McGuire’s service record and log book where McGuire kept meticulous notes. McGuire’s 201 file even included a record of money owed to him from players in the 24-hour-a-day alert shack poker game. I traveled from one end of the country to the other and conducted hundreds of interviews, some as late as the fall of 1998.