Lt. Colonel Michael J. Novosel Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: September 3, 1922 in Etna, Pennsylvania
Died: April 2, 2006 in Washington, District of Columbia
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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".   

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