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William A. Shomo

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William Arthur Shomo (May 30, 1918 – June 25, 1990) was a United States Army Air Forces fighter pilot during World War II. He is credited with eight victories during the conflict. Seven of these occurred during a single mission while flying a reconnaissance version of the P-51 Mustang, for which he received the Medal of Honor. Early life Shomo was born on May 30, 1918, in Jeannette, Pennsylvania to George Washington Shomo and Bertha May (née Uncapher) Shomo. He attended the Cincinnati College of Embalming and the Pittsburgh School of Embalming between 1937 and 1940, and then he worked as a mortician for a short time before enlisting in the Aviation Cadet Program of the United States Army Air Forces on August 18, 1941. His father's family was from the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area and, prior to his father's birth, were survivors of the 1889 Johnstown Flood with his uncle, Adam Franklin "Frank" Shomo, being the last known living survivor of the flood. Military service
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