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Captain Eddie Rickenbacker

 
 
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Marker </b>(front) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 14, 2008
1. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Marker (front)
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
America's World War I "Ace of Aces," Edward Vernon Rickenbacker was born in Columbus in 1890 to Swiss immigrant parents, leaving school at age 12 to help support his family. Working for several Columbus automobile companies initiated his love of racing, and he achieved fame as a race driver and team owner between 1910 and 1916. Enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1917, he went to France as staff driver for General John Pershing with ambitions of becoming a combat flier. He managed a transfer to the American Expeditionary Force's Aviation Instruction Center, learned to fly, and was assigned to the 94th Aero Squadron, the famed "Hat in the Ring" squadron led by ace Raoul Lufbery. (continued on other side)

[Marker Reverse]:
(continued from other side) In a deadly environment where a pilot's life expectancy was measured in weeks, Rickenbacker quickly mastered air combat tactics and scored six victories in little more than a month. He assumed command of the 94th Aero Squadron in June 1918. America's leading fighter ace with 26 victories at the Armistice, Rickenbacker eventually received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Instrumental in the development of commercial aviation during the interwar years, he served as general manager and president of Eastern Airlines while he continued to set aviation
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Marker </b>(front) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2008
2. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Marker (front)
records and survived two flying mishaps that only added to his legend. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1965. A beloved hero of American aviation, "Captain Eddie" died in 1973.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Paper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 81-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 49.103′ N, 82° 56.299′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Johns Circle, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is along walkway from parking lot to passenger terminal of Rickenbacker International Airport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2241 Johns Circle, Columbus OH 43217, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tuskegee Airmen (here, next to this marker); F-100D "Super Sabre" (approx. half a mile away); F-84F "Thunderstreak" (approx. half a mile away); A-7D "Corsair II" (approx. half a mile away); Historic Lockbourne
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and Tuskegee Airmen Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2008
3. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and Tuskegee Airmen Markers
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Ohio-Erie Canal and Locks / The Columbus Feeder Canal (approx. 1.9 miles away); Lockbourne Veterans' Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Groveport Veterans' Park (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Regarding Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. Medal of Honor citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.
 
Also see . . .  Eddie Rickenbacker. Top American Ace of World War I. (Submitted on October 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceHeroesMilitaryWar, World I
 
Eddie Rickenbacker Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2008
4. Eddie Rickenbacker Monument
Section 58, Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2008
5. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Monument
America's Ace of Aces World War I Army Air Force Consultant World War II Pioneer of Air Transportation American Patriot Congressional Medal of Honor Holder Section 58, Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, Ohio.
Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Headstone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2008
6. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Headstone
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker 1890-1973 Adelaide Frost Rickenbacker, his wife, 1886-1977 Section 58, Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave., Columbus, Ohio
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 3,302 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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