Colonel Mitchell Paige (1918-2003) was born in
He was the last surviving Medal of Honour recipient from
the ground battle for
He attended the
guinea, Cape Gloucester, New Britain Island, Pavuvu, Russell Islands, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
After retirement on 1July 1964 he researched and
developed miniature rockets, miniature rocket weapons systems, penetration
aids, and hypervelocity acceleration. He assisted in the design and development
of a four-inch rocket launcher capable of firing 13 mm gyro-jet flares, smoke,
radar chaff and explosive rounds while working at MB Associates, Science and
A complete list of the colonel's decorations and medals includes: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, the China Service Medal, the American Defence Service Medal with Base clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, the American Campaign Medal, the Victory Medal, the National Defence Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon, and the United Nations Service Medal.
He has been speaker to numerous civilian and military
groups since WWII. He was "Special Ambassador", representing the
president, with The US State Department in the
He was the liaison officer from The Congressional Medal of Honour Society to the FBI and worked with an assigned Special Agent exposing MOH impostors. He was Marine, "GI Joe" Action Figure (WWII) produced in 1998 by Hasbro Toy Company. He was a member of California State Governors "Blue Ribbon Task Force" on veterans.
He was the recipient of numerous awards and letters of commendation from the government, civic and fraternal organizations.
Solomon Islands 7 August 2002