(1912-2011)John Richardson "Johnny" Alison was born in Micanopy, Florida, on November 12, 1912. He was a highly decorated flying ace and served in both theaters of World War II. Johnny Alison graduated from Gainesville High School in 1931 and the University of Florida in 1935, with a degree in industrial engineering. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1936. During WWII, Alison served with distinction in the 75th Fighter Group, the successor to the famed AVG "Flying Tigers" in the China-Burma-India Theater. On July 30, 1942, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for downing the first enemy aircraft at night, with his experimental night interception. He was credited with seven air combat victories. He earned the Silver Star for his gallantry and fighting spirit. He was greatly admired for his flying skills and innovation. He is considered by many to be the father of Air Force Special Operations, having planned and completed numerous air commando missions supporting troops behind enemy lines.
|Placed By||Gainesville Regional Airport|
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|Date Added||Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 375626 N 3284846|
|Decimal Degrees||29.68746667, -82.28548333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 41.248', W 82° 17.129'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 41' 14.88" N, 82° 17' 7.74" W|
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|Area Code(s)||352, 386, 904|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near NE 40th Terrace, Gainesville FL 32609, US|
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