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Former Lt. Governor Dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Nathan Green Gordon, a former Arkansas lieutenant governor who won the Medal of Honor for rescuing downed airmen during World War II, has died. He was 92.

An official at Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton said Gordon died early this morning, but the home had no further information.

While serving in the U.S. Navy, Gordon won the Medal of Honor for rescuing 15 airmen after their planes were shot down by the Japanese in the Bismarck Sea on Feb. 15, 1944. Gordon made multiple landings in front of Japanese forces and took off with the men, despite his plane being overloaded.

Gordon, a Democrat, served as lieutenant governor from 1947 through 1967.

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