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LTC Edward Lafayette “Two-Gun” McCoy

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LTC Edward Lafayette “Two-Gun” McCoy

Birth
Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA
Death 9 Jun 2006 (aged 88)
Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
Burial Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 141609902 View Source
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Exploits of Ed 'Two-Gun' McCoy (Lt. Col. ret.) over 1943 Burma:
Silver Star for gallantry in action displayed, as pilot, on B-24 bombing mission to Rangoon of 26 October 1943. After successfully bombing the objective the formation was attacked by 20 enemy fighter aircraft while leaving the area. In the ensuing engagement both of captain McCoy's wing ships had a motor shot out and were dropping out of formation. Immediately Captain McCoy let one of the ships back to render assistance to the other damaged plane. During the next fifty minutes more than 50 passes were made at the two lone aircraft but Captain McCoy, already more than 3 miles on the formation, continued to escort the damaged aircraft until it was rammed by an enemy and crashed. He then fought his way back to cover of the formation by skillful evasive action and excellent technique. This display of gallantry in action is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Army forces of the United States."


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In memory of
Edward L McCoy
Lt.Col. U.S. Air Force
World War II
Apr 22 1918 + Jun 9 2006
Silver Star DFC AM

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multiple markers. Ashes were scattered at Chilcutt Cemetery; Cold Mountain, NC; Lake Jessamine, Orlando, FL.

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