Name: Charlie Loring
Died: 1952-11-22 (Age:34)
Hometown: Portland, Maine, USA
Boxing Record: click
October 2, 1918(1918-10-02) ? November 22, 1952 (aged 34)
Medal of Honor recipient Charles J. Loring, Jr. was a professional boxer in his youth. He was born on October 2, 1918 in Portland, Maine. He began a professional boxing career during the late 1930s and went 7-1. Joined the U.S. military and saw action in World War II and the Korean War.
In World War II he was a fighter pilot with the 36th Fighter Group's 22nd Squadron. He completed 55 combat missions before being shot down and taken prisoner.
Rose to the rank of Major in the United States Army Air Corp. Served with the Unit 36th Fighter Squadron and 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadrons.
On November 22, 1952, Maj. Loring led his flight in dive-bombing enemy gun positions. When his plane was hit repeatedly during his attack run, Maj. Loring deliberately crashed his F-80 into the guns, destroying them. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 22, 1952. The U. S. Air Force base at Limestone, Maine was renamed Loring AFB in his honor.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Air Force, 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing
Place and date: Near Sniper Ridge, North Korea, November 22, 1952
Entered service at: Portland, Maine. Born: October 2, 1918, Portland, Maine
Maj. Loring distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a flight of 4 F-80 type aircraft on a close support mission, Maj. Loring was briefed by a controller to dive-bomb enemy gun positions which were harassing friendly ground troops. After verifying the location of the target, Maj. Loring rolled into his dive bomb run. Throughout the run, extremely accurate ground fire was directed on his aircraft. Disregarding the accuracy and intensity of the ground fire, Maj. Loring aggressively continued to press the attack until his aircraft was hit. At approximately 4,000 feet, he deliberately altered his course and aimed his diving aircraft at active gun emplacements concentrated on a ridge northwest of the briefed target, turned his aircraft 45 degrees to the left, pulled up in a deliberate, controlled maneuver, and elected to sacrifice his life by diving his aircraft directly into the midst of the enemy emplacements. His selfless and heroic action completely destroyed the enemy gun emplacement and eliminated a dangerous threat to United Nations ground forces. Maj. Loring's noble spirit, superlative courage, and conspicuous self-sacrifice in inflicting maximum damage on the enemy exemplified valor of the highest degree and his actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Air Force.