Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Gen. Christian Schilt
Nov. 23, 2020 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News
The majority of aviators who have received the Medal of Honor have earned it for their service in World War II or later conflicts. Marine Corps Gen. Christian Schilt, however, was one of the early aviators in that service. He earned his medal many years before World War II for his bravery in the skies over Nicaragua.
Schilt was born in Olney, Illinois, and grew up on a farm. After high school, he studied engineering at Rose Polytechnic Institute (now the Roseâ€“Hulman Institute of Technology) in Terre Haute, Indiana. But after about two years, he felt compelled to do something else. So, on June 23, 1917, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2419547/medal-of-honor-monday-marine-corps-gen-christian-schilt/