Today we salute Lieutenant Junior Grade Fred Leroy Dungan, who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in 1944 during World War II.
Dungan was honored for serving as pilot of a carrier-based airplane, which was attacked over enemy territory by several fighter planes. Although alone and outnumbered, through a tremendous act of bravery and heroism, Dungan did not break away from the fighter planes, but helped shoot down four of the enemy planes. After leaving the aerial battle severely wounded, he was able to complete a successful carrier landing.
Dungan also has a plaque at Heroes Hall's Orange County Walk of Honor.