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John F. Bolt

U.S. Marine Corps ace of World War II and Korea

Died when: 83 years 112 days (999 months)
Star Sign: Taurus


John F. Bolt

John Franklin Bolt (19 May 1921 – 8 September 2004) was a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps and a decorated flying ace who served during World War II and the Korean War.

He remains the only U.S.Marine to achieve ace status in two wars and was also the only Marine jet fighter ace.

He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during his military career.Born to a poor family in Laurens, South Carolina, Bolt was a self-described "workaholic" and was involved in numerous groups and social activities throughout his life.

After dropping out of the University of Florida for financial reasons in 1941, he joined the US Navy and trained as a Marine Corps pilot.

Sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations, he flew an F4U Corsair during the campaigns in the Marshall Islands and New Guinea, claiming six victories against Japanese A6M Zeros.

Bolt continued his service through the Korean War, entering combat through an exchange program with the United States Air Force (USAF) in late 1952.

Over a period of several weeks in mid-1953, he led flights of F-86 Sabres into combat with MiG-15s of the Chinese Air Force, scoring six victories during fights along the northern border of North Korea, commonly known as "MiG Alley," giving him a total of 12 victories over his career.

Bolt stayed in the Marine Corps until 1962, serving as an analyst and instructor in his later career, before retiring and earning a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.

He subsequently settled down in Florida and began a private real estate law practice; he continued to be active in law until 1991.

He died from leukemia in 2004.

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