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January 12, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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U.S. Army: Near Abucay, Leading a counter attack, 2nd Lt. Alexander R. Nininger, Jr. is Killed is Killed In Action (KIA). Postumously, he earned the Medal of Honor, the first U.S. Army receipent of World War II.

RAAF: During a patrol, Buffalo W8202 collides with Buffalo AN171 with both damaged and crash, both pilots survive.

USAAF: Charles Lindbergh is refused to be recommissioned in the U.S. Army Air Force due to his vocal pre-war isolationist views. His request was declined by Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson on instructions from U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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