Not to take away from his service to his country... but he's not a hero!
Yes, he trained to be a Corsair pilot who was "plowed back" to become an instructor right around the time that the A-bomb was dropped. He was subsequently recalled during the "Police Action" in Korea where he flew a Cessna as an Artillery Spotter.
If you're going to list "facts", at least make sure that it also matches the web-site you list as well.
During World War II, McMahon was a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps serving as a flight instructor and test pilot. He was a decorated pilot (six Air Medals) and was discharged in 1946, remaining in the reserves.
After college, McMahon returned to active duty. He was sent to Korea in February 1952. He flew unarmed OE-1 Bird Dogs on 85 tactical air control and artillery spotting missions. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1966 and was then commissioned as a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard.
You're putting words in my mouth. Being a spotter takes more than just balls, but that makes him very brave but still not a hero. The term hero is being way over-used lately. Because someone does their job doesn't make them a hero. Calling just about anyone a hero, diminishes the meaning of the word and the hero status of past heroes.
You're correct. He didn't fight in WWII, he served in the Marines. He fought in Korea. Wow, your dream come true. You found an error on FI! You stud you!!! WOW. What courage!
Denigrating his service in Korea because he was flying as an Arty Spotter highlights your ignorance of many things military. What airframe would classify as heroic on your esteemed opinion? I mean, you've seen the elephant right? Do you think the mountains of Korea are easy to fly in? What?! you've never been there?! oh...
How does it actually feel to endure a career totally centered on your own interests.
Have a nice night denigrating Ed's service and resting peacefully under a blanket of freedom that you have done nothing to create nor preserve.