- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Fort Pierre war hero who served in World War II is being honored next week on the anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

John C. Waldron is being recognized with a memorial dedication at the Pierre Municipal Airport at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3.

Waldron led 15 aircraft to an attack of the Japanese carrier fleet during the Battle of Midway. Although 29 of the 30 American crew members lost their lives during the attack, Waldron’s squadron played a crucial role in finding the Japanese fleet. That helped U.S. Naval forces to eventually claim victory in the Pacific.

The ceremony will feature the dedication of “Dakota Warrior,” an original print of the Douglas TBD-1 Devastator flown by Waldron.

Waldron is a Naval Academy graduate of Oglala-Lakota heritage.

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This story has been corrected to show that the ceremony is Friday, June 3, not Friday, May 27.

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