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Piqua in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Capt. Don Gentile

A One Man Air Force

 

—Born December 6, 1920, Piqua —

 
Capt. Don Gentile Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 6, 2009
1. Capt. Don Gentile Marker
























Inscription. Metal marker also has pictures of three aircraft, the Spitfire, the P-47 Thunderbolt, and the P-51 Mustang

Stone Inscription:
Domenic Salvatore Gentile
Son of Paquale and Josephine Gentile

R.A.F. 8/41
U.S.A.F. 9/42
Destroyed 32 enemy aircraft

HONORS
U.S.
Distinguished Service Medal 1 Cluster
Silver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross 7 Clusters
Air Medal 3 Clusters
Presidential Unit Citation 2 Clusters

R.A.F.
Pilot Badge
Canadian Volunteer with Maple Leaf
Distinguished Flying Cross
General Service Medal
British Star

Italian Cross War Merits & Silver Medal
Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm
French Croix de Guerre

Died 1/28/51

 
Location. 40° 8.931′ N, 84° 14.327′ W. Marker is in Piqua, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is on High Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Memorial is between Main Street and Spring Street (U.S. 36) on the Public Square northwest quadrant. Marker is in this post office area: Piqua OH 45356, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mills Brothers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Piqua Veterans Memorial
Capt. Don Gentile Inscription Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 6, 2009
2. Capt. Don Gentile Inscription
(about 400 feet away); William Moore McCullough / Civil Rights Movement in Piqua (about 500 feet away); Lock Nine Riverfront Park (about 500 feet away); Lock Nine (about 600 feet away); The 1913 Flood (about 700 feet away); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Public Square (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Piqua.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Captain Gentile. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Captain Gentile's grave on findagrave.com. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Major Dominic S. Gentile - 4th Fighter Group. Short biography. (Submitted on March 20, 2009.) 

4. Dominic Gentile in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. In his short but accomplished life, he had been called "a one-man Air Force," "Captain Courageous," and "the Ace of Aces." (Submitted on March 20, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesMilitaryNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, KoreanWar, World II
 
Capt. Don Gentile Statue Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 6, 2009
3. Capt. Don Gentile Statue
Capt. Don Gentile Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 6, 2009
4. Capt. Don Gentile Marker
Looking northeast.
 
 
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