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At that time, Marine aviation had only 6 Marine officers designated as naval aviators, I warrant officer, and 45 enlisted men. Six months later, the First Marine Aeronautic Company was organized. In January 1918, the company of 12 officers and 133 enlitetl men was transferred to Ponta Delgada on the Island of Sao Miguel in the Azores. There the pilots flew seaplanes on antisubmarine patrol for the remainder of the war. This unit was the first American flying group to go overseas completely trained and equipped.

With enemy bullets and American naval shells upon. On the next clay, 13 August, while warships bombarded the enemy shore batteries, the Marines macle final preparations to lanci. 'I'he landing never materialized, however, for on the following morning with white flags flying, the town surrendered. Shortly thereafter, the Americans weì-e informed l)y a Spanish official that a whistling through the air around him, Quick calmly remained exposed and continued to signal timil the firing stopped. As a result of Quick's heroic act, the Dolphin lifted her bar- warring nations.

For that accomplishment, three pilots were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, their observers received the Navy Cross (at that time a lower rated decoration) . In other air action, Medals of Honor were awarded to Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot and his observer, Gunnery Sergeant Robert Guy Robinson, for shooting down two enemy planes against overwhelming odds.

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