American Valor Quarterly Issue 3 - Summer 2008 - Page 15

the RAF had fighter sweeps where they sent huge gaggles of fighters up against each other. But in the Pacific we didn’t have fighter sweeps. The fighters did all escort work and air defense. For instance, most of the victories at Guadalcanal were air defense victories. It was people who were there to defend the Guadalcanal complex. The Japanese were in the offensive mode, and our Marine and Navy fighters on the strip there would take off to defend the strip. I don’t want to take anything away from those people Marion Carl as well as Medal of Honor recipients Joe Foss and John L. Smith, but they had the comfort of knowing they were fighting right above their own home fiel