U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Roger Richards Hedrick on 26 March 1944. He was Executive Officer of Fighting Squadron 17 (VF-17) "Jolly Rogers", and one of its "Aces." He was credited with shooting down nine Japanese planes while serving with VF-17 in the Solomons in November 1943-February 1944, plus another three "kills" while in command of VF-84 in 1945. He flew Vought F4U "Corsair" fighters with both squadrons. Born on 2 September 1914 in Pasadena, California (USA), he retired in 1958 as a Rear Admiral.
Three of the leading "aces" of U.S. Navy Fighting Squadron 17 (VF-17) "Jolly Rogers" pose by a Vought F4U-1A Corsair fighter, after their unit left the central Solomons combat zone, 22 March 1944. They are (l to r): Lieutenant Commander Roger Richards Hedrick (VF-17 XO, credited with 9 "kills"), Lieutenant Commander John Thomas Blackburn (VF-17 CO, credited with 11 planes), Lieutenant junior grade Ira Cassius Kepford (credited with 16 planes and then the U.S. Navy's leading "ace").