Photo #: 80-G-6170 (complete caption)
Second Lieutenant Francis P. McCarthy, USMCR
of Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221), at left
Is congratulated by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, after he was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in shooting down a Japanese Kawanishi Type 2 (H8K) flying boat near Midway on 10 March 1942. The ceremonies took place on Midway on 2 May 1942.
Among the others present are Lieutenant Colonel Ira Kimes, Commanding Officer, Marine Air Group 22 (in center), Lieutentant Colonel Omar Pfeiffer, USMC (3rd from right, holding citations), and Commander Cyril T. Simard, USN, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station, Midway (2nd from right, wearing helmet and black tie).
McCarthy was killed in action on 4 June 1942, while defending Midway from the Japanese air attack.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
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22 March 1999