Arlington to pay tribute to WWII hero for National Medal of Honor Day

The city of Arlington is celebrating one of the most decorated fighter pilots of World War II at a ceremony on Monday.

Col. Neel Kearby was the first United States Air Force pilot to receive the National Medal of Honor.

He was a graduate of Arlington High School and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Col. Kearby repeatedly put himself in danger to bring down enemy aircraft during the war.

He died after his plane was shot down in 1944.

Chris Cassidy, the president and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, spoke to FOX 4 about Kearby and the National Medal of Honor Museum coming to Arlington.


Groundbreaking held for National Medal of Honor Museum in Arlington

The National Medal of Honor Museum broke ground in Arlington on Friday on what will become a historic tribute to America’s war heroes.

"This museum is going to be about the values," he said. "That’s what we’re gonna highlight. We’re going to highlight the people that demonstrate those values. Those people happen to be ordinary Arlington High School who did something extraordinary when the nation needed them and they stepped up and did it. Those are the stories we are going to focus on telling."

The museum is set to open in Arlington next year.