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Ira Wolfert


Ira Wolfert grew up in New York City and at age 20 married poet Helen Herschdorfer in 1928. Two years later he he graduated from the Columbia University School of Journalism. From there he worked for North American Newspaper Alliance and in 1942, his series of articles about the Battle of Guadalcanal won him the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting.
He wrote several war books including "Battle for the Solomons", "One-Man Air Force", and "American Guerrilla in the Philippines". Although "One-Man Air Force" was really an autobiography by Capt. Don Gentile, Wolfert spent almost a month with Gentile and was his roommate at Debden Air Base until he received all of Gentile's story and published it.
Wolfert went on to co-author a few films and write more books.
At age 89 Wolfert died and was survived by his daughter and son and four grandchildren.



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    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
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  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 1 November 1908
Died Margaretville, NY, USA 24 November 1997


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15 September 2016 18:49:25 WD-C Mustang Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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