On This Day…November 10th.
In memory of those who never came home.
On November 10, 1951, while on a combat mission, First Lieutenant Mike Rebo was part of flight of 12 F-84Es attacked by 24 to 30 MIG-15s 30 miles southwest of Pyongyang, North Korea. The last radio message from Mike was that he was wounded with his Thunderjet out of control. Neither Mike nor his F-84 were ever found. His wife, Mona Rebo posthumously received the Air Medal and Purple Heart for his meritorious action in battle from General Rogers at Luke AFB Arizona. Lt. Rebo was also awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal, plus his flight unit was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.
Lt Rebo’s name is inscribed and honored in the courts (the “Tablets of The Missing”) representing American servicemen missing from the Korean War at the Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.
Mike’s remains were recently repatriated from North Korea to his family after they provided a DNA sample. He had been listed as MIA for over 60 years.
With thanks to Louis Gardiner, who’s father was a personal friend of Mike.
Lest we forget…
Troops of the Canadian Third Division arriving in Cambrai in one of the last battles of World War I. When the 3rd entered the town on 10 October, they found it deserted. Fewer than 20 casualties had been taken.
W. N. Simons and Robert F. Cooke, honorary keel layers of submarine Tunny, posing with the sign at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 10 Nov 1941.
A Spitfire MkIV of the US Army Air Force 4th Fighter Group (“Fourth but First”), November 10, 1942.
Troops from the Fifth Indian Division during training before their advance into Italian occupied Ethiopia.
P-40F Warhawks aboard USS Chenango (CVE-28) for Operation Torch, November 10th 1942
An iconic image taken on this day in 1943. I’m sure almost everyone has seen this photo of Lieutenant Walter Chewning (Jr) climbing aboard a crashed Hellcat to save pilot Byron M. Johnson. aboard the USS Enterprise, November 10th, 1943.