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Edward L. Feightner
|Edward L. Feightner|
RADM "Whitey" Feightner in 1970
|Birth name||Edward Lewis Feightner|
|Born||October 14, 1919|
Lima, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||April 1, 2020 (aged 100)|
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1941–1974 (33 years)|
|Commands held||USS Okinawa (LPH-3) |
USS Chikaskia (AO-54)
Air Group 10
|Battles/wars||World War II |
|Awards||Legion of Merit (2) |
Distinguished Flying Cross (4)
Air Medal (12)
Navy Commendation Medal
Congressional Gold Medal
|Other work||Aerospace Industry|
He commanded two Navy ships, served as the head of Navy Fighter Design, and was a key contributor to fighter studies that resulted in the development of jet aircraft that as of 2015[update] are still in active service.
Feightner was the only pilot to land the dash-1 variant of the Vought F7U Cutlass aboard a carrier. He led VF-11 to become the first Atlantic fleet unit in which every pilot received the coveted "E" award in a single exercise. He turned 100 in October 2019.
Awards and Decorations
|Badge||United States Naval Aviator|
|1st Row||Legion of Merit with one gold award star||Distinguished Flying Cross |
with three gold stars
|2nd Row||Air Medal with two silver and one gold star||Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal||Combat Action Ribbon|
|3rd Row||Navy Presidential Unit Citation with three service stars||China Service Medal||American Defense Service Medal|
|4th Row||American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with eleven campaign stars||World War II Victory Medal|
|5th Row||Navy Occupation Service Medal||National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star||Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star|
- "Golden Eagles Chronolog". Washington, D.C.: Naval History and Heritage Command, Archives Branch. September 6, 2002. http://www.history.navy.mil/research/archives/research-guides-and-finding-aids/early-and-pioneer-naval-aviators-association-golden-eagles-chronolog.html. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Edward Lewis Feightner Obituary". Hayden Lake, Idaho. https://www.yatesfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Edward-Lewis-Feightner?obId=12593486.
- Mersky (2014), p. 161.
- Wooldridge (1993), p. 79.