- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O’Keefe was one of the youngest Americans at age 21 to become an ace fighter pilot during World War II for shooting down seven enemy planes.

On Friday, he will be presented the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal during a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1IccDxh ) the 91-year-old O’Keefe is one of only about 72 aces still living to receive the medal, Congress’ highest civilian award.

O’Keefe flew a Corsair fighter plane and was a member of the Death Rattlers fighter squadron of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Division, one of the most decorated squadrons in World War II.

He was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Gold Star.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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