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Frank Luke
Birth: May 19, 1897
Phoenix
Arizona
Death: Sep. 29, 1918
Murvaux

World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Nicknamed the "Arizona Ballon Buster," he succeeded David Putnam as the "ace of aces" in the US Air Service during the First World War. He was a member of the 27th Pursuit Squadron. Often flying alone or with wingman Joe Wehner, Luke shot down 18 enemy balloons and planes in 17 days before he was killed in action. After destroying three German balloons on September 29, 1918, his SPAD S.XIII was shot down by ground fire. Refusing to surrender, he shot it out with German infantrymen and was killed near the crash site at Murvaux. He was buried nearby by French villagers. After the war, his remains were reinterred at the Romagne Military Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and Luke Air Force Base, near Phoenix, AZ was named in his honor.  
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Luke (1859 - 1939)
  Tillie Liebenow Luke (1866 - 1947)
 
Burial:
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
Romagne-sous-Montfaucon
Departement de la Meuse
Lorraine, France
Plot: Plot A, Row 26, Grave 13
 
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Record added: May 04, 2000
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