Trinity Center in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
“Jim Swett Field”
to honor Trinity County Resident
Colonel James E. Swett – USMC Ret.
A World War II Marine Aviator
who on April 7th 1943 was awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor,
our Nations highest award, for Bravery
above and beyond the call of duty during
air combat in the Pacific Theater.
Erected 1997 by Trinity County Board of Supervisors and “A Grateful Community”.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 40° 59.227′ N, 122° 41.786′ W. Marker is in Trinity Center, California, in Trinity County. Marker is on Airport Road. This marker is near the north end of the airport runway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trinity Center CA 96091, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trinity Centre Then – Trinity Center Now. (approx. Turning Water into Gold (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bucket Line Dredges (approx. 4.6 miles away); Carrville (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Bowerman Barn (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Colonel James E. Swett. The event that earned the Medal of Honor took place on 7 April 1943 in the Guadalcanal area, and made the then 22-year-old Marine aviator an ace on his first combat flight. During the air battle, he was shot down himself and rescued from the water. (Submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. James E. Swett. Jim Swett was a Marine Corps ace and Medal of Honor winner who served with VMF-221, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. He saw action in the second phase of the campaigns for Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. He won the Medal of Honor for shooting down seven Japanese dive-bombers on his first combat mission, and survived being shot down himself. (Submitted on June 18, 2012.)
3. James E. Swett (1920 - 2009). This Find-a-Grave posting details his life, World War II accomplishments and photos. (Submitted on June 18, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.