Feb 20, 1942
While defending Lexington in a F4F "Wildcat" fighter, Lt Edward H . "Butch" O'Hare encountered an advancing formation of nine Japanese bombers east of the enemy base at Rabaul, New Britain. Alone and unaided, he repeatedly attacked the enemy aircraft and was credited with shooting down five of them, and damaging a sixth, before they reached their intended target. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, O'Hare was meritoriously promoted to Lieutenant Commander in April 1942 and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Theater: Pacific Theater
Source: Naval History & Heritage Command