Piqua in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Capt. Don Gentile
A One Man Air Force
—Born December 6, 1920, Piqua —
Son of Paquale and Josephine Gentile
Destroyed 32 enemy aircraft
Distinguished Service Medal 1 Cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross 7 Clusters
Air Medal 3 Clusters
Presidential Unit Citation 2 Clusters
Canadian Volunteer with Maple Leaf
Distinguished Flying Cross
General Service Medal
Italian Cross War Merits & Silver Medal
Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm
French Croix de Guerre
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Piqua.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Captain Gentile. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Captain Gentile's grave on findagrave.com. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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 & Space • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Korean • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,020 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 18, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.