Ace from Adams receives Congressional Gold Medal
May 20, 2015
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement today after the Senate and House of Representatives presented a Congressional Gold Medal to Donald McPherson of Adams, Nebraska.
“Mr. McPherson recently described his service as ‘commonplace’ but there’s nothing ordinary about this Nebraskan’s valor. The Congressional Gold Medal is only a small token of thanks from a grateful nation. Nebraskans owe Mr. McPherson, a farm boy from Adams who risked his life to defend his country and save his comrades, an enduring debt of gratitude. His courage and humility exemplify the best of the American character.”
McPherson earned his Ace status on May 4, 1945 when he shot down three Kamikaze aircraft. For his actions during WWII, McPherson earned numerous distinctions and awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Air Medal.
After the war, McPherson returned to Adams to farm and serve his community as a rural mail carrier.
The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress’ highest civilian honor, first bestowed by the Continental Congress to George Washington. More information can be found here.