My mother's maiden name is Ruby Ona Kepford----trying to find out if Ira was any of her relation or not...........
b.May 29, 1919 to George Raymond Kepford/Emma McLaughlin
b.in Harvey, Illinois
d.Jan.19, 1987 in Harbor Springs,Emmet,Michigan\
Ira joined the U.S.Naval Reserve in 1941--discharged from that and accepted an appointment as a Naval Aviation Cadet.
Earned his wings and was assigned to Fighting-17. Was in the Battle of the Solomon Sea.......he led his wingman in an attack on 12 Japanese fighters over Rabaul and was awarded a Gold Star for his action. Was a "Jolly Roger".....
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