Enterprise native, Commodore William B. Ault, who was lost at sea during the World War II Battle of the Coral Sea and was awarded the Navy Cross, is profiled in a recently-published book, "In Their Honor: The Men Behind the Names of Our Military Installations."
"In their Honor" is a collection of 524 biographies of military heroes from privates to generals, aviation pioneers, prisoners of war, civilians, astronauts, and explorers and scientists who either died in service to their country or in some way made a major contribution to the nation.
Author, Linda D. Swink, an Air Force veteran, said that many formerly famous individuals, after whom military bases, barracks, fields or installations had been named, had faded into obscurity when the military installations were closed.
Commodore William Ault was honored by having the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in northwest Washington named Ault Field I 1943 in remembrance of his service.
Other military heroes from Oregon profiled in the book are: Second Lieutenant David Richard Kingsley of Portland; and Lieutenant Henry Rodney Adair of Astoria.
Swink's book costs $39.95 and can be ordered at the Bookloft in Enterprise.
A preview of the book can be found at (www.intheirhonor.info).