John F. Bolt (1921–2004) was a United States Marine Corps aviator and
a decorated flying ace who served during World War II and the Korean
War. After dropping out of the University of Florida for financial
reasons in 1941, he joined the Marine Corps at the height of World War
II. Sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations, he flew an F4U Corsair
during the campaigns in the Marshall Islands and New Guinea, claiming
six victories against Japanese A6M Zeros. Bolt continued his service
through the Korean War, entering combat through an exchange program with
the U.S. Air Force in late 1952. Over a period of several weeks in
mid-1953, he led flights of F-86 Sabres into combat with MiG-15s of the
Chinese Air Force, scoring six victories during fights along the
northern border of North Korea, commonly known as "MiG Alley," giving
him a total of 12 career victories. Bolt stayed in the Marine Corps
until 1962, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and serving as an
analyst and instructor in his later career. In retirement, he qualified
as a lawyer in Florida. He remains the only US Marine to achieve ace
status in two wars and was also the only Marine jet fighter ace.
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