Gabby Gabreski

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Birthday
28, 1919
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Jan 31, 2002 (83)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
28, 1919
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Jan 31, 2002 (83)

About

The recipient of two Silver Stars, five Air Medals, thirteen Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Distinguished Service Cross (among other honors), this decorated United States Air Force Colonel was one of the American military's top fighter pilots during both World War II and the Korean War.

Before Fame

After graduating from Notre Dame University, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and soon thereafter began serving in World War II.

Trivia

After retiring from the military, he spent just over two years as the director of the Long Island Rail Road.

Family Life

He grew up in Pennsylvania as the son of Polish immigrants. His nearly five-decade marriage to Kay Cochran resulted in nine children, including three Air Force officer sons.

Associated With

He and fellow American military pilot Pappy Boyington were both fighter aces during World War II; both men also spent time as prisoners-of-war.