SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An aircraft hangar in Arizona now bears the name of
Medal of Honor recipient and South Dakota native Joe Foss.
The hangar is at Yuma International Airport in Yuma, Ariz. The South Dakota
Wing of the Civil Air Patrol says the hangar is within the Aviation Industrial
Center, which is expected to play a role in the development of new technologies
for the aerospace industry.
Foss graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1940. He enlisted in the
Marine Corps and received the Medal of Honor in 1943 for his actions in the
Guadalcanal Campaign fought during World War II.
Foss became South Dakota’s 20th governor in 1955. He later headed the National
Rifle Association and was a commissioner of the American Football League.
He died in 2003.