Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lt. Col John F. "Jack" Bolt of Sanford was the only double ace fighter pilot in the US Marine Corps history. He flew with US Marine Fighter Squadron 214, "The Black Sheep Squadron," in World War II. During the Korean War he shot down six Russian MiG-15s, becoming the war's only Marine ace. He was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism during the war.
(photograph) - "Naval Air Station Sanford"
Naval Air Station Sanford was deeded back to the City at the end of World War II and used for civilian purposes until the outbreak of the Korean War. On May 1, 1951 the Navy reactivated the station to support operations of fleet carrier aircraft. Squadrons of Carrier Group 3 were the first to arrive at the station.
(image: military insignia) - "Fighting 31"
Carrier Air Group 3 squadron VF-31, stationed in Sanford in 1951, is the second oldest fighter squadron in the US Navy.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • War, Korean. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #33 Harry S. Truman series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1824.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); City of Sanford World War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); World War II (a few steps from this marker); World War I (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County World War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Seminole War (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
More about this marker. The three images featured on the marker can be described as follows:
• a sepia toned photo of Lt. Col. Bolt wearing aviator gear
• a black and white photo of a sign for Naval Air Station Sanford
• the color insignia of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-31 (Felix the Cat carrying a lit cannonball bomb on a circular field with gold background, with "Fighting 31" written under the circle, along its curve).
Also see . . . John Franklin Bolt. Wikipedia article on the decorated pilot and war veteran. (Submitted on June 2, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 2, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.