GEORGE A. BACAS, MAJ, USMC

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Lucky Bag

From the 1948-A Lucky Bag:

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George Augustus Bacas

Glen Falls, New York

If you have never heard of Hometown, U.S.A., "G. A." Bacas will politely, but definitely, inform you that it is his town, Glen Falls, N.Y. This product of the Adirondacks is noted for his inquisitive mechanical mind, happy-go-lucky attitude, and very pleasing mannerisms, which make him a most respected and admired member of the class. George, like many of the lads here, hasn't garnered any N's, but his enthusiastic participation in intramural sports is reflected by the accomplishments of the teams of which he has been a member. George cannot help but make his Naval career a successful one, for his industry, understanding, and enterprise rate him 4.0.

George was 3rd Battalion Sub-Commander (1st set). He graduated with the class of 1948-A, the last of the wartime-accelerated classes, in June 1947. (The bottom half of the class by academic standing, designated 1948-B, completed an extra year and graduated in June 1948.)

Obituary

From Find A Grave:

George Augustus Bacas was born on 9 April 1926. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the Class of 1948 and served in the Korean War where he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 6 Gold Stars.

Major Bacas died on 11 January 1961 and was buried with full military honors in Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Jean Currier Bacas (16 April 1927-11 November 1994) is buried with him.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain George A. Bacas (MCSN: 0-49327), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy in Korea. On 18 January 1953, Captain Bacas led a flight of Marine Attack Aircraft against a heavily defended concentration of enemy mortars then firing on elements of the Sixth Republic of Korea Division. He promptly located the cleverly concealed positions in a valley and initiated an aggressive bombing attack through a heavy defensive crossfire from nearby ridges. Scoring direct hits with his bombs, he then led and directed his flight in the complete destruction of the mortar positions. Observing several adjacent hostile installations Captain Bacas immediately pressed a low level diving assault and set fire to several personnel shelters with a napalm bomb. He resolutely continued to lead his flight in repeated attacks until one hundred per cent coverage of the target area was accomplished. Captain Bacas' courageous actions and his outstanding leadership in organizing and directing his flight were largely responsible for the success of a mission that substantially reduced enemy pressure on front line positions of friendly troops. His exemplary conduct, professional skill, and steadfast devotion to duty throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commanding General 1st Marine Aircraft Wing: Serial: 7160 (May 7, 1953)
Action Date: January 18, 1953
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain

Family

He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

From Arlington National Cemetery:

I am one of two daughters of George and Jean Bacas.

My Father was a Test Pilot at Patuxent Naval Air Station and he was killed while flying a A3J or A5J Vigilante there.

My Mother died from Ovarian cancer. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance. Karen B. Peterson, kpeterson@mif.aero


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