Mary Grace Baloyo
Mary Grace Baloyo was a First Lieutenant in the Philippine Air Force who received the Philippine's highest military award for valor - The Medal of Valor. The circumstances in which she was awarded the medal is unique in that it was not given for actions against enemy forces but rather for self-sacrifice. On March 26, 2001, the plane in which she was flying was experiencing engine trouble and rapidly descending into a heavily populated area. Rather than ejecting, she chose to stay on board and diverted the plane before it crashed subsequently killing her. To date, Baloyo is one of only 4 recipients of the medal from the Philippine Air Force and the only female recipient of the medal. She was also posthumously promoted to rank of Captain.
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