LT. COLONEL MICHAEL J. NOVOSEL - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 191815
Sale Price $90.00
LT. COLONEL MICHAEL J. NOVOSEL
This printed card stating his rank and military branch is signed by the Army pilot who received the Congressional Medal of Honor
Printed card signed in ink: "Michael J. Novosel" in blue ink. 3½x2. Michael J. Novosel (1922-2006) was a former U.S. military officer who served in three wars, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War; his flying of the B-29 Superfortress bomber in WWII under fire earned him the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. Novosel joined the U.S. Air Forces Reserves and went back on active duty for the Korean War, and in 1955 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1963, he was working as a commercial airline pilot when he decided to return to active military duty, at the age of 41, the Air Force did not have space for any more officers in the upper ranks, Novosel therefore gave up his rank of lieutenant colonel and joined the Army to fly helicopters as a chief warrant officer with the elite Special Forces Aviation Section. Alongside his son, Novosel flew two tours in Vietnam, flying 2,543 missions and extracted 5,589 wounded personnel. He was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 1975, and received a rare honor for a living hero when the main street at Fort Rucker, Alabama was renamed "Novosel Street". Corners slightly rounded. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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