November 26, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 189 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH C. McCONNELL, JR.; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 189
(Extensions of Remarks - November 26, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1511] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN MEMORY OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH C. McCONNELL, JR. ______ HON. PAUL COOK of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Mr. COOK. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor the life of United States Air Force Captain Joseph C. McConnell, Jr. Before his tragic death in a flight-testing accident, Captain McConnell served his country in both World War II and the Korean War, where he was a triple jet ace and still holds the American record for most jet kills. Captain McConnell entered the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943 during World War II; flying 60 combat missions in Europe as a B-24 Liberator navigator. Following the war, he went on to earn his pilot wings in 1948 and subsequently fought in the Korean War. Captain McConnell served as a pilot with the 39th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Fifth Air Force and was stationed at George Air Force Base in Victorville before being assigned to K13 in the Republic of Korea. Within four months, Capt. McConnell had shot down 16 enemy fighter jets, becoming the leading jet ace of the Korean War and the first triple jet ace in American history. ``For his extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations'', President Eisenhower presented Capt. McConnell with the Distinguished Service Cross, the Nation's second highest decoration for valor. On August 25, 1954, Capt. McConnell was killed while service testing the newer, more powerful F- 86H Sabre at George Air Force Base. Captain McConnell's skill and daring over foreign battlefields in defense of our nation was unmatched during the Korean War. Although he was tragically taken from this earth far too early, his spirit lives on in the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the United States Air Force that continue to follow in his footsteps today. ____________________