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Forgotten hero shares his story 50 years later

Posted at 6:48 AM, Aug 17, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- A forgotten hero from the 1950s shared his story Thursday evening, 50 years after his actions.

In 1952, seven Soviet aircraft attacked a US Navy squadron off the coast of North Korea.

Captain Royce Williams shot down four of the fighters, forced the three others to retreat, then landed his badly damaged aircraft on a carrier. 

The events stayed classified for 50 years. 

Williams, now 93, spoke Thursday at the Indiana War Memorial after a screening of a new documentary about the attack.

"I was able to say that I was involved in it but not who they were or how many I shot down," Williams said. "I only got credit for one."

The 1952 incident is the only known attack on the American military ordered by Soviet forces. 

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