Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, Marine Corps Ace credited with the destruction of 28 Japanese aircraft, was awarded the Medal of Honor "for extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty" while in command of a Marine Fighting Squadron in the Central Solomons Area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. He was shot down over Rabaul on the latter date, and his capture by the Japanese was followed by 20 months as a prisoner of war.
Terrence Stephen "Steve" McQueen (Mar 24, 1930 – Nov 7, 1980) - American actor. In 1947, he joined US Marine Corps, promoted to PFC, assigned to an armored unit. Initially, demoted to private 7 times, went AWOL by failing to return after a weekend pass had expired spent 41 days in the brig. After this, he resolved to embrace the Marines' discipline. He saved the lives 5 other Marines on Arctic exercise, before tank fell through ice into sea. He served until 1950 was honorably discharged.