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Boyington, Gregory (04 December 1912–11 January 1988), Marine Corps fighter pilot, was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the son of Guy Boyington and Grace Hallenbeck, apple ranchers. He earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington in 1934, and that year he married Helene Clark. Before divorcing in 1941, they had three children, one of whom became an Air Force fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. After a year with Boeing Aircraft, Boyington entered the Marine Corps as an aviation cadet in 1936....

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Lejeune, John Archer (10 January 1867–20 November 1942), Marine Corps officer, was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, the son of Ovide Lejeune, a sugar planter, and Laura Archer Turpin. The perilous economic times following the Civil War resulted in the loss of the family plantation, “Old Hickory.” Educated at Louisiana State University, in 1884 Lejeune accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy when his family could no longer fund his education. He graduated thirteenth in his class in 1888, and he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps two years later....