Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was born on December 4, 1912 in Coeur d'Alene.  Boyington is best known for his exploits flying the Vought F4U Corsair as the Commanding Officer of VMF 214, better known by its nickname, the Black Sheep Sqruadron.
Pappy Boyington Field 5th Anniversary Celebration Presented By Marine Corps League 
Pappy Boyington Detachment #966 
Hero Aircraft
Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was born in Coeur d'Alene December 4, 1912  He attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering.  He spent his summer vacations working with the Coeur d'Alene Fire Protection Association.  After graduation he worked at Boeing as a draftsman and engineer on the X-15 project, that later became the B-17.  Already serving in the Coast Artillery Reserve and the Volunteer Marine Corps Reserve, on February 18, 1936 he accepted an appointment as an aviation cadet and became a naval aviator on March 11, 1937.  August 26, 1941 he joined Claire Chennault's famed Fying Tigers where he was officially credited with 3.5 (maybe 1 more) Japanese aircraft destroyed in the air and on the ground.