Commander Willis E. (Bill) Hardy USN (ret.)

Cmdr. Hardy is an Ace from World War II, and while flying the F6F-5 Hellcat was credited with shooting down 6.5 Japanese aircraft. He actually became an “Ace-in-a-Day” by shooting down five enemy aircraft on April 6, 1945. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and five Air Medals.

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