From historian and columnist in Leatherneck and Armor magazines, this is the exciting, personal account of a Marine fighter squadron in the South Pacific during the critical days of 1943 when the tide turned against the Japanese. Based on individual interviews and wartime documents, this is a thrilling narrative of the Marines who lived, and died, during the toughest battles of the entire war. It looks at the war through the eyes of some of the greatest fighter pilots of all time, including Bob Hanson, the “Maharajah of Rabaul,” and highest scoring Corsair pilot in history.






Jeff Dacus is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines who experienced tank combat in Operation Desert Storm. He is also a retired school teacher who taught U.S. history for 35 years and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Portland. His first book, The Fighting Corsairs, will be released October 1st 2020 by Lyons Publishing.


He is a private pilot who has written numerous print articles in Leatherneck Magazine and Armor Magazine, as well as online for the Journal of the American Revolution. He participates in local veterans groups, and is a speaker at historical events and historian for the annual Northwest Colonial Festival.

He received the General Roy S. Geiger award for his his article titled “Don’t Strafe Kahili!" published in the March, 2019 issue of Leatherneck Magazine. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Revolution annual volume 2017 & 2020. He has appeared as a featured guest on SiriusXM The Dave Nemo Show and on the Journal of the American Revolution Podcast "Dispatches."

He has an undergraduate degree from Portland State University and is a distinguished graduate of American Military University. He also has post-graduate degrees from Lewis and Clark College and the University of Portland.



General Roy S. Geiger Award
Sat, Oct 24
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Oct 24, 7:00 PM
National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA 22172, USA
I will be accepting this award, given to the author of the best article in the field of Marine Corps Aviation, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps for my article titled “Don’t Strafe Kahili!" published in the March, 2019 issue of Leatherneck Magazine.


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