Gregory H. "Pappy" Boyington (1912-1988) was a U.S. Marine Corps aviator. He served with Gen. Claire Chennault's 1st American Volunteer Group - the "Flying Tigers" - and saw combat in Burma in 1941-42. Rejoining the Marine Corps in September 1942, he served as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 (VMF-214), famed as the "Black Sheep Squadron". in January 1944, Boyington was shot down during aerial combat and was made a prisoner-of-war. After his release at the end of the war, Boyington received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman. Boyington died on January 11, 1988.