Marine Attack Squadron 214â€™s first commanding officer was a bit of a celebrity in his day.
The valiant Gregory â€œPappyâ€ Boyington was famous for his leadership style and more importantly his squadronâ€™s winning record in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Following his military career, Boyington had a rough life, returning to heavy drinking, which plagued him in the years after the war. He freely admitted that during the two years he spent as a prisoner of war his health improved, due to the enforced sobriety.
Much of his military memorabilia went into the wind so to speak, much of it never entering the hands of his family.
One day, a Boyington family friend found a Marine Corps officerâ€™s mameluke sword at a garage sale. Upon removing the saber from the scabbard, she saw â€œG. Boyingtonâ€ engraved on the blade.
She purchased the sword and gave it to Gregory Boyington, Jr., the son of the now deceased famous aviator, who after a few years donated it to the squadron, believing the Black Sheep hangar was the swordâ€™s rightful home.