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To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE AIR FORCE CROSS
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JEANOTTE, ALFRED J., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Alfred J. Jeanotte, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a C-123 aircraft commander of the 311th Air Commando Squadron, 315th Special Operations Wing, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action at Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam on 12 May 1968. On that date, Colonel Jeanotte and his crew landed at Kham Duc to evacuate the last United States personnel prior to abandoning the airfield to hostile forces. In spite of heavy hostile small arms, mortar, and artillery fire, and the fact that the airstrip was essentially under hostile forces control, Colonel Jeanotte and his crew landed and located these personnel. Although unable to complete the pickup due to the location of these personnel and his inadequate fuel supply, Colonel Jeanotte was able to direct a follow-on aircraft to a pickup point which allowed a successful evacuation. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Jeanotte reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


JOHNSON, HAROLD EUGENE (POW)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Harold Eugene Johnson (0-3116556/42372A), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism as Electronics Warfare Officer of an F-105 aircraft of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, engaged in a pre-strike, missile suppression mission over North Vietnam on 19 April 1967. On that date, Captain Johnson guided his pilot in attacking and destroying a surface-to-air missile installation with an air-to-ground missile. Through his technical skill, he immediately detected a second missile complex and guided the pilot into visual contact. Diving into a deadly barrage of antiaircraft fire, his aircraft bombed and successfully destroyed this site. In the attack on this second missile site, a wingman was shot down by the intense antiaircraft fire, and the crew members were forced to abandon their aircraft. Flying through hostile missile threats, Captain Johnson's aircraft engaged and destroyed a MiG-17 while attacking a superior MiG force. He aided in the rescue efforts for the downed crew, engaged additional MiGs, and damaged one in the encounter. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Captain Johnson has reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: July 31, 1936 at Ottumwa, Iowa
Home Town: Blakesburg, Iowa
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), Legion of Merit, 6@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2@ Bronze Stars w/V, Meritorious Service Medal, 9@ Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, 2@ Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal


KALEN, HERBERT D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Herbert D. Kalen, Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as an Aircraft Commander of an HH-3E Rescue Helicopter of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, as part of an all-volunteer joint U.S. Army and Air Force raiding force in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed heliborne assault mission to rescue United States military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay prison in North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Major Kalen volunteered to rescue and extract United States military personnel held as Prisoners of War deep inside the territory of North Vietnam. Major Kalen was faced with the most intense counter-air environment in the history of aerial warfare involving surface-to-air missiles. He masterfully executed the complicated maneuvers to evade the enemy's air defense systems. Knowing that a grave danger existed in that the guards within the Prisoner of War compound may have been alerted, he valorously, fearlessly and successfully flew the helicopter with an assault group into the compound yard, knowing that he must crash-land the helicopter in an area much too small for safe landing. Once the landing was completed, he further assisted the assault group in its ground operation mission. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Major Kalen reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, 7@ Air Medals, 2@ Air Force Commendation Medals


KASLER, JAMES HELMS (POW)
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to James Helms Kasler (AO-2221728/24551A), Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an F-105 Thunderchief with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action over Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 29 June 1966. On that date, Major Kasler was Mission Commander of the second and largest wave of fighter-bombers to strike the heavily defended Hanoi petroleum products storage complex. Despite a seemingly impenetrable canopy of bursting projectiles thrown up by hostile defenses of this key facility, Major Kasler determinedly and precisely led his striking force to the exact release point where he and his followers placed their ordnance directly on target, causing it to erupt in a huge fireball of burning petroleum. Performing armed reconnaissance during his withdrawal, Major Kasler, with total disregard for his personal safety, personally destroyed five trucks before low fuel reserves forced him to terminate his attack. Through his extraordinary heroism superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Kasler reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Air Force Cross to James Helms Kasler (AO-2221728/24551A), Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Thunderchief pilot with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action near Yen Bay, North Vietnam, on 6 August 1966. On that date, Major Kasler led a flight of fighter-bombers against a heavily defended target in evaluating a low level ordnance delivery tactic. While carrying out this hazardous mission, a wingman was forced to eject over unfriendly territory. Major Kasler located the downed airman and flew cover until perilously low fuel compelled him to leave. Refueling aerially, Major Kasler returned to relocate the downed pilot so he could direct rescue operations. At great risk to his own life, he explored the gun infested countryside at tree-top level, valiantly searching, but was unable to locate his fellow American. Major Kasler's Thunderchief was hit by destructive ground fire during his valorous search, and he too ejected into unfriendly hands. Through his extraordinary heroism superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Kasler reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

(Third Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Air Force Cross to James Helms Kasler (AO-2221728/24551A), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from June 1968 through July 1968. During this period, Colonel Kasler accomplished an amazing feat of resistance against the North Vietnamese when they attempted to force him to meet a visiting delegation and appear before television and news cameras. Through personal fortitude and absolute heroism, he completely withstood the most brutal of Vietnamese tortures and caused his captors extreme embarrassment in their failure to gain useful propaganda statements. Through extraordinary heroism, staunch display of courage, and willpower in the face of the enemy, Colonel Kasler reflected the highest credit on himself and the United States Air Force. (When he was shot down and captured on 8 August 1966, Lieutenant Colonel Kasler was serving as a Pilot in the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force.)
Born: May 2, 1926 at South Bend, Indiana
Home Town: Zanesville, Indiana
Personal Awards: 3@ Air Force Crosses (Vietnam), Silver Star (Korea), Silver Star (Vietnam), Legion of Merit, 9@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2@ Bronze Stars w/V, 11@ Air Medals, 2@ Air Force Commendation Medals, 2@ Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal


KENNEDY, LELAND T.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Leland T. Kennedy, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in Southeast Asia on 5 October 1966. On that date, Captain Kennedy, flying as pilot of an unarmed HH-3E rescue helicopter, proceeded deep into hostile territory in attempts to rescue two downed American pilots. Disregarding his own safety, he voluntarily flew through heavy automatic weapons and intense small arms fire to reach the injured airmen. Captain Kennedy succeeded in rescuing one of the downed American; however, heavy ground fire forced him from the area before he could reach the other one. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Kennedy reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Air Force Cross to Leland T. Kennedy, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a HH-3E Helicopter Pilot in Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in Southeast Asia on 20 October 1966. On that date, Captain Kennedy successfully recovered six downed American airmen. Despite the intense, accurately directed, hostile fire which damaged his own unarmed rescue helicopter, Captain Kennedy, with indomitable courage and professional skill, chose to land next to a disabled companion helicopter and retrieve the crew, plus a previously rescued wounded F-4C pilot. With undaunted determination, Captain Kennedy, then amid hostile fire, sought and successfully recovered the second downed F-4C pilot. This event added luster to the chronicles of heroism recorded in Air Force annals and brought further credit to Captain Kennedy's ability to ignore danger while engaged in the rescue of others. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Kennedy reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: January 1, 1934 at Louisville, Kentucky
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky
Personal Awards: 2@ Air Force Crosses (Vietnam), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal


KENT, NACEY, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Nacey Kent, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an AC-47 Flight Engineer in the 4th Air Commando Squadron (Fire Support), 14th Air Commando Wing, SEVENTH Air Force, in action near Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam on 5 May 1968. On that date, Sergeant Kent and the AC-47 crew were defending Pleiku Air Base against a hostile mortar and rocket attack when their aircraft was critically damaged by a hostile projectile. Although Sergeant Kent's leg was broken in the ensuing crash, he helped the enlisted crew to evacuate, reentered the burning aircraft to carry the seriously wounded navigator to safety, and then entered the aircraft again to aid the other crew members and to fight the fire. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Sergeant Kent reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


*KILLIAN, MELVIN JOSEPH (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Melvin Joseph Killian (508167102), Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an F-105 aircraft of the 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action over North Vietnam on 30 September 1965. On that date, Colonel Killian led a flight of F-105 aircraft against a highly significant military target. Colonel Killian proceeded on an unerring course to the target area. Arriving ahead of the main flight, he began an aerial survey of the area in order to give final navigational assistance to the incoming flight. Although subjected to intensive hostile ground fire, Colonel Killian flew his aircraft over the gun emplacements while giving encouragement and directions as each pilot braved the withering ground fire. His overwhelming desire for successful mission completion, and his concern for the safety of each pilot forced him to disregard his own personal safety while continuously flying within range of the ground fire. His outstanding dedication to duty, superior initiative, and mission performance resulted in the destruction of numerous hostile ground positions of vital significance to the Viet Cong. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Colonel Killian reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), 2@ Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart


*KING, CHARLES DOUGLAS (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Charles Douglas King (483543892), Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescueman in an HH-3E Rescue Helicopter of Detachment 1, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action near Ban Lathama, Mahaxia District, Khammouan Province, Laos, on 25 December 1968. On that date, Airman King was aboard a helicopter engaged in the recovery of a downed United States Air Force pilot from an extremely hostile area. With complete disregard for his own safety, Airman King voluntarily descended on a rescue hoist more than one hundred feet to the ground to aid the injured pilot. Once on the ground, he carried the rescue device to the pilot, freed him from the parachute, secured him to the rescue device, and then used the cable hoist to drag the pilot to a point near the hovering helicopter. Suddenly, enemy soldiers closed in and directed automatic weapons fire at Airman King, the injured pilot, and the helicopter. Though wounded, Airman King, in an extraordinary display of courage and valor, placed his comrades lives above his own by refusing to continue their exposure to the murderous enemy fire. Without taking time to secure himself to the hoist cable, he radioed that he was hit and for the helicopter to pull away. Airman King made this selfless decision with the full realization that once the helicopter departed, he would be alone, wounded, and surrounded by armed, hostile forces. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Airman King reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Muscatine, Iowa
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart


KIRK, THOMAS HENRY, JR. (POW)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Thomas Henry Kirk, Jr. (20794A), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Pilot of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, PACIFIC Air Force, in action near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 28 October 1967. On that date, Colonel Kirk planned and led a 24-aircraft strike force against an important and heavily defended railroad and highway bridge near Hanoi. Despite seven Surface-to-Air missiles being fired at him and extremely poor visibility, Colonel Kirk, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage, and professional skill, led his force to a precise ordnance deliver point, placing his own bombs directly on the target. During recovery from the bomb run, his aircraft sustained a direct hit from the extremely intense anti-aircraft fire. He courageously flew his burning aircraft until it became completely uncontrollable and he was forced to eject over hostile territory. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Lieutenant Colonel Kirk reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: at Portsmouth, Virginia
Home Town: Portsmouth, Virginia
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), 4@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), 2@ Legion of Merit, 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2@ Bronze Stars, Air Medal, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal


*KNIGHT, ROY ABNER, JR. (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Roy Abner Knight, Jr. (FR-46585), Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an A-1E aircraft of the 602d Tactical Fighter Squadron (Commando), Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action over Laos on 19 May 1967. On that date, Major Knight led his flight in a strike against one of the most important and heavily defended target complexes in Southeast Asia. Against overwhelming odds Major Knight pressed his attack on the target, in spite of being cautioned by other pilots that a devastating barrage of anti-aircraft fire was directed at his aircraft. Major Knight acknowledged awareness of the situation, but continued his attack. His aircraft was struck, resulting in loss of control. Major Knight, fully realizing that he could not regain control, jettisoned his ordnance on the target in a valiant attempt to destroy it and his aircraft subsequently impacted in the target area. Major Knight's unparalleled bravery and courage against virtually insurmountable obstacles were in the highest traditions of the military service. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Major Knight reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Special Orders GB 393 (October 30, 1967)
Born: February 1, 1931 at Garner, Texas
Home Town: Millsap, Texas
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, 6@ Air Medals, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal


KOELTZOW, PAUL F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Paul F. Koeltzow, Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 pilot in action over North Vietnam on 12 August 1967. On that date, Major Koeltzow led his force of twenty aircraft against the most heavily defended target complex in North Vietnam. Hampered by marginal weather, mechanical failures, and heavy and accurate hostile fire, Major Koeltzow led his force to the target, and although his aircraft was damaged by flak at the start of his bomb run, he overcame tremendous obstacles and continued his attack, destroying the target. Despite extensive damage to his aircraft, he engaged a flight of hostile aircraft and thwarted their imp-ending attack on a crippled F-105. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Koeltzow reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


LACKEY, JOHN EDGAR
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to John Edgar Lackey (15834289), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an A-1E Tactical Fighter Pilot of the 1st Special Operations Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in Southeast Asia from 18 to 19 March 1972. During this period, Captain Lackey was the commander of an extremely hazardous and complex search and rescue mission that was attempting to recover two American crew members located in one of the most heavily defended segments of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in southern Laos. In order to force the hostile gunners to disclose their positions, Captain Lackey exposed himself to their lethal fire for more than four hours, directing tactical air strikes on each of the more than thirty large caliber weapons as they opened fire, thereby eliminating the threat and allowing the vulnerable rescue helicopter to effect a safe and successful recovery of both crew members. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Lackey reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-722 (November 22, 1972)
Born: April 1930 at Colorado Springs, Colorado
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross, 6@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 5@ Air Medals


*LEETUN, DAREL DEAN (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Darel Dean Leetun (502267872), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an F-105 aircraft of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, 7th Air Force, SEVENTH Air Force, in action against the Cao Nung Highway Bridge in North Vietnam on 17 September 1966. On that date, Captain Leetun led a flight of F-105 Thunderchiefs against a heavily defended high priority target near Hanoi. Undaunted by intense and accurate flak, deadly surface-to-air missiles, and hostile MiGs, Captain Leetun led his flight through this fierce environment to the crucial target. On the bomb run, Captain Leetun's Thunderchief was hit by hostile fire, becoming a flaming torch and nearly uncontrollable; however, Captain Leetun remained in formation and delivered his high- explosive ordnance directly on target. After bomb release, Captain Leetun's plane went out of control and was seen to crash approximately 10 miles from the target area. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Leetun reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Hettinger, North Dakota
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), 3@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Purple Heart, 10@ Air Medals


*LIELMANIS, ATIS KARLIS (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Atis Karlis Lielmanis (3102782), First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an Advisor-Navigator of a B-26B aircraft in the 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action on 24 November 1963 in the Republic of Vietnam. On that date, Lieutenant Lielmanis voluntarily exposed himself during a low level flight over hidden Viet Cong machine gun installations. Their fire badly damaged the aircraft, and it crashed, but this revealed the Viet Cong positions and resulted in their destruction by cover aircraft. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, First Lieutenant Lielmanis reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Quakertown, Pennsylvania


*LUKASIK, BERNARD FRANCIS (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Bernard Francis Lukasik (48211), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, as a Advisor-Pilot of a T-28 aircraft on 18 February 1964. On that date, Captain Lukasik provided airpower against advancing Viet Cong guerrillas who were intent on capturing a Vietnamese airman who had bailed out of his burning aircraft. Despite the danger of hostile gun fire, Captain Lukasik continuously flew his aircraft at extremely low level and remained in the area until he was satisfied that the safety of the downed airman was assured. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Lukasik reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Dickson City, Pennsylvania


MADDEN, JOSEPH B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Joseph B. Madden, Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Forward Air Controller and Pilot of an O-1 aircraft, in action at Dak To, Republic of Vietnam, from 7 November 1967 to 11 November 1967. On these dates, Major Madden flew his unarmed O-1 Birddog aircraft in support of friendly forces engaged in defense of their beleaguered fire support base. Despite intense, accurately directed hostile fire which damaged his aircraft, Major Madden, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage, and superior professional skill controlled over one hundred close air support sorties that resulted in the neutralization of a hostile battalion. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Madden reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


*MAISEY, REGINALD VICTOR, JR. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Reginald Victor Maisey, Jr. (3115588), Captain, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force, as a Security Police Officer of the 3d Security Police Squadron, 3d Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in Southeast Asia on 31 January 1968. On that date, an intense night rocket and ground attack was launched by massed hostile forces against Bien Hoa Air Base. With the brunt of the ground penetration concentrated at a key bunker position on the east end of the installation, Captain Maisey drove from the west end of this runway to the beleaguered bunker and directed the actions of his men in defending the position. Captain Maisey exhibited an unrelenting stamina that rallied his men in countering the hostile assault. He persisted in his gallant campaign against the attacking force until an exploding rocket took his life. His supreme courage and undaunted leadership inspired his men to hold the position, thus thwarting the westward progress of the infiltrators across the installation and saving untold numbers of lives and millions of dollars worth of aircraft and other material. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Maisey reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Sonoma, California
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Bronze Star, Purple Heart


*MARTIN, DUANE WHITNEY (POW-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Duane Whitney Martin (75418), First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an HH-43B helicopter of Detachment 3, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action 40 miles south of Vinh, North Vietnam on 20 September 1965. On that date, Lieutenant Martin participated in an extremely hazardous attempted recovery of a downed pilot. The mission required a flight of over 80 miles, mostly over hostile controlled territory. Evaluation of the environment in which the downed pilot was located indicated that maximum performance would be demanded from each crew member if successful recovery was to be effected. Without hesitation and complete disregard for his own safety, and though exposed to intensive hostile ground fire, Lieutenant Martin performed with courage and professional precision in a supreme effort to rescue a fallen comrade. Lieutenant Martin's courageous action and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American fighting man under attack by an opposing armed force. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, First Lieutenant Martin reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal


*MARTIN, WILLIAM REYNOLDS (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to William Reynolds Martin (60944), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as an F-100 Pilot in action on 18 November 1964. On that date, Captain Martin was leading a flight of two F-100 aircraft escorting an unarmed RF-101 aircraft on a mission of major importance. As they approached the mission area, a heavy barrage of hostile ground fire was directed at the unarmed aircraft. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Martin reacted immediately and repeatedly flew his aircraft at extremely low altitudes over the gun emplacements to divert hostile fire. His aggressiveness and determination in pressing his attack allowed the RF-101 aircraft to withdraw safely. On his third over flight of the hostile positions, the full force of their gun emplacements was directed at his aircraft, resulting in the sacrifice of his life. Captain Martin's courage and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American fighting man under attack by an opposing armed force. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Martin reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Callands, Virginia


MARX, DONALD L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Donald L. Marx, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Forward Air Controller and Pilot of an O-2 aircraft, in action near Dak To, Republic of Vietnam, on 12 November 1968. On that date, Captain Marx was flying in an unarmed observation aircraft and was responsible for the safe evacuation of friendly forces under extremely heavy hostile fire. He repeatedly exposed himself to intense antiaircraft fire while locating hostile gun positions directed at the beleaguered force. He voluntarily made repeated passes into the hostile environment to divert fire from the friendly forces and other support aircraft, thereby saving the lives of many friendly soldiers. By his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Marx reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, 12@ Air Medals, 2@ Air Force Commendation Medals


MASON, LARRY B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Larry B. Mason, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an aircraft commander of a B-57 tactical jet bomber on 15 March 1966. On that date, while attacking a heavily defended target, Captain Mason's aircraft was hit repeatedly by 57-mm. and 37-mm. shells which set fire to the right engine and created extreme vibration in the left engine. One shell exploded in the rear cockpit, wounding the navigator and severing a section of wiring which deprived the crew of most electrical power. Wind, blasting through a large hole in the fuselage, scattered dirt and debris around the cockpit temporarily blinding Captain Mason. As he regained his sight, he realized that a safe bailout could not be affected because of the wounded navigator's condition. With one engine shut down and the other on fire, and with approximately 30 square feet of surface missing from the right wing, Captain Mason, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, attempted the return flight to his home base. Flight conditions were further hampered by inoperative radios, no hydraulic pressure or oxygen, severe airframe vibration, and no indication of gear position or fuel level. Through outstanding airmanship, he piloted his crippled aircraft to a safe landing in friendly territory. By his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Mason reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


*MAYSEY, LARRY WAYNE (MIA-KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Larry Wayne Maysey (12751422), Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-3E Rescue Specialist (Pararescueman) of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in Southeast Asia on 9 November 1967. On that date, Sergeant Maysey attempted the night extraction of a ground reconnaissance team after his helicopter had been severely damaged. Two other helicopters had been shot down and a third extensively damaged in previous attempts. During the rescue attempt, Sergeant Maysey unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hail of hostile fire to assist wounded survivors into the helicopter. The hostile forces closed in quickly, and as the damaged helicopter departed, it was shot down. Though his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Maysey reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: May 18, 1946 at Morristown, New Jersey
Home Town: Chester, New Jersey


MAYWALD, PHILIP V.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Philip V. Maywald, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, 56th Air Commando Wing, as an O-2A Pilot in Southeast Asia on 21 May 1968. On that date, Captain Maywald braved an intense and deadly barrage of hostile gunfire for over two hours while he controlled the successful rescue of a fellow pilot who had been downed by antiaircraft fire deep within hostile territory. Despite the great personal risk involved to his own life, Captain Maywald, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage, and professional skill, repeatedly made low passes over the rescue scene in his light unarmored observation aircraft. At times, he flew within fifty feet of the hostile forces to determine their positions and to deliberately draw their fire on his aircraft. Due to his courage, persistence, and professional skill the downed pilot was safely recovered. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness, Captain Maywald reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), 3@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Meritorious Service Medal, 13@ Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal


*McALLISTER, WILLIAM WALTER (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to William Walter McAllister (1911665), Major, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an O-2 aircraft with the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Qui Nhon Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action over the Republic of Vietnam on 9 and 10 March 1965. On these dates, acting as a forward air controller under extremely adverse weather conditions and at night, he directed numerous air strikes in support of the Vietnamese Marines and their three American advisors. With complete disregard for his own safety, Major McAllister sought out targets ahead of the advancing Marines while under prolonged periods of hostile ground fire at dangerously low altitudes. Through his personal efforts, two American casualties were evacuated and the entire Marine unit effectively assisted in obtaining and securing their objectives. He also flew under extremely hazardous conditions under a low ceiling at night in mountainous terrain in an effort to assist friendly positions. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major McAllister reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Hawthorne, California
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart


McCARTHY, JAMES R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to James R. McCarthy, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Airborne Mission Commander, 43rd Strategic Wing, Anderson Air Base, Guam, EIGHTH Air Force, in action near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 26 December 1972. On that date, Colonel McCarthy commanded the largest force of B-52's ever assembled on a long-range bombing mission over sophisticated and complex air defenses. Applying his exceptional knowledge of aerial warfare tactics and through his personal courage and technical expertise, Colonel McCarthy led this mission through intense anti-aircraft fire and heavy salvos of surface-to-air missiles to deliver the ordnance of the entire force on assigned targets accurately without sustaining a single loss. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Colonel McCarthy reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: 1930 at Memphis, Tennessee
Home Town: Lexington, Virginia
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, 2@ Legion of Merit, 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2@ Bronze Stars, 22@ Air Medals, 2@ Joint Service Commendation Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal


McGRATH, CHARLES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescueman on a HH-53C Rescue Helicopter of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in North Vietnam on 27 June 1972. On that date, while penetrating dense jungle to rescue a severely injured American airman, Sergeant McGrath exposed himself to intense ground fire in order to drag the incapacitated survivor to a suitable recovery area. Seeing his rescue aircraft crippled by the hostile fire, he directed air strikes against surrounding hostile ground forces until he was able to secure the survivor and himself to the penetrator of a backup helicopter. Rising through constant accurate ground fire, he shielded the survivor with his own body until they were successfully recovered into the aircraft where he immediately began providing the vital medical assistance required to save the lives of the survivor and an injured crew member. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant McGrath reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


McINERNEY, JAMES E., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to James E. McInerney, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Pilot of an F-105 airplane in the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, 7th Air Force, SEVENTH Air Force, in action as Leader of a flak suppression flight in action against the Paul Doumer Bridge, a major north-south transportation link on Hanoi's Red River in North Vietnam, on 11 August 1967. On that date, Colonel McInerney suppressed six active surface-to-air missile sites defending a strategic highway and railroad bridge. Despite concentrated barrages of antiaircraft fire and three missiles directed against his flight, Colonel McInerney displayed the highest degree of courageous leadership in destroying two missile sites and forcing the other four into sporadic operation. As a direct result of his actions, the strike force suffered no losses and imposed extensive damage to this vital target. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel McInerney reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: 1930 at Springfield, Massachusetts
Home Town: Riverdale, Georgia
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, 3@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), 7@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, 2@ Meritorious Service Medals, 18@ Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal


McKNIGHT, GEORGE GRIGSBY (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to George Grigsby McKnight, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam on 12 October 1967. On that date, Lieutenant Colonel McKnight executed an escape from a solitary confinement cell by removing the door bolt brackets from his door. Colonel McKnight knew the outcome of his escape attempt could be severe reprisal or loss of life. He succeeded in making it through a section of housing, then to the Red River and swam down river all night. The next morning he was recaptured, severely beaten, and put in solitary confinement for two and a half years. Through his extraordinary heroism and willpower, in the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Colonel McKnight reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. (When he was shot down and captured on 6 November 1965, Lieutenant Colonel McNight was serving as a pilot in the 602d Special Operations Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force.)
Home Town: Albany, Oregon
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), 3@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 4@ Air Medals, 2@ Purple Hearts, Prisoner of War Medal


McTASNEY, JOHN B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to John B. McTasney, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Crew Commander of an HH-3E helicopter of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in Southeast Asia on 8 November 1967. On that date, after two helicopters had been shot down in rescue attempts, Captain McTasney attempted a night recovery of surrounded ground forces. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Captain McTasney established a hover on a steep slope while under intense hostile fire. He maintained this position and picked up three survivors before hostile fire severely damaged his helicopter, making it imperative that he depart the area. Captain McTasney, demonstrating a high degree of professional skill, proceeded to a forward base and landed safely despite the loss of one engine during descent. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain McTasney reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, 4@ Meritorious Service Medals, 8@ Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal


MEHR, RICHARD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Richard L. Mehr, Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as an A-1E Pilot in the 602d Tactical Fighter Squadron (Commando), Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action in Southeast Asia an on 2 and 3 July 1967. On 2 July, Major Mehr flew through intense hostile fire to provide cover for an F-105 pilot downed in a heavily defended area of North Vietnam. With the onset of darkness and diminishing fuel, Major Mehr returned to base for minimum rest. He volunteered to continue rescue operations that were set up for the next day and took off at first light. Amidst MiG fighters, deadly missiles, antiaircraft fire, and hostile small arms fire, he located the downed pilot. Braving this deadly arsenal that damaged his aircraft, he continued to direct air strikes against the hostile positions and thereby protected the downed pilot and permitted a helicopter to rescue the pilot from the area. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Mehr reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


*MITCHELL, CARL BERG (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Carl Berg Mitchell (20290), Major, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an Advisor-Pilot of a B-26B aircraft in the 1st Air Commando Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, SEVENTH Air Force, in action on 14 January 1964. On that date, Major Mitchell voluntarily exposed himself and his aircraft during low level flights over hidden Viet Cong machine gun installations. Despite heavy machine gun fire, which repeatedly struck his aircraft, Major Mitchell aggressively continued his efforts to locate and destroy the machine gun installations until his badly damaged aircraft crashed and burned. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Mitchell reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Mount Sterling, Kentucky


MIZE, JOHN D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to John D. Mize, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a B-52 Aircraft Commander serving as Pilot of a B-52 Bomber with the 307th Strategic Wing, U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action on 27 December 1972. On that night, while attacking a heavily defended target in North Vietnam, Captain Mize's aircraft was severely damaged by surface-to-air missiles. Captain Mize realized that abandonment of the aircraft by the crew members over enemy territory would jeopardize their safety. Without regard for his personal safety, he remained at his station to insure that his crew had the best opportunity for safe egress over friendly territory. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Mize reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, 16@ Air Medals, 2@ Air Force Commendation Medals, Purple Heart


*MONGILLO, PAUL JOHN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Paul John Mongillo (3087591), Major, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Thunderchief Electronics Warfare Officer against an isolated vital military target near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 16 December 1967. On that date, Major Mongillo braved many concentrations of heavy antiaircraft artillery fire and eighteen surface-to-air missiles as he successfully led his missile suppression flight in diverting the hostile defenses away from the main strike force. He contributed to the destruction of one missile site only three miles from the center of the heavily defended target area and damaged at least one other missile complex. As a result of his actions, the main strike force suffered no losses, encountered only four missiles, and successfully destroyed this vital military target. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Mongillo reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Riverside, New Jersey


*MOORBERG, MONTE LARUE (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Monte Larue Moorberg (62699), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force on 2 December 1966. On that date, Captain Moorberg led a flight of F-105 Thunderchiefs against the Phuc Yen Petroleum and Oil Storage Facility, located 14 miles north of Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite intense antiaircraft fire, at least three SA-2 missile launches, a constant threat of MiG fighter attacks, and exceptionally adverse weather, he led his flight to, and successfully put his ordnance on the target. His calm and courageous leadership was instrumental in enabling his flight to return safely. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Moorberg reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Grand Island, Nebraska
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, 9@ Air Medals


NAGEL, RICHARD A., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Richard A. Nagel, Jr., Captain, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a C-123 pilot in action at Dau Tieng, Republic of Vietnam, on 26 November 1966. On that date, Captain Nagel's aircraft was struck by intense, accurately directed hostile fire which caused an uncontrollable fire in the cargo compartment, rendered the flap system inoperative, and partially disabled the landing gear mechanism. Although blinded by smoke and on the verge of collapse from intense heat and fumes, Captain Nagel remained undaunted. As the fire engulfed the cargo compartment, passengers began to crowd the cockpit of the aircraft hampering his ability to maneuver the aircraft. Demonstrating superb airmanship and a profound regard for his fellow man, Captain Nagel continued to fly the crippled aircraft and executed a crash landing. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Captain Nagel reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


NEWMAN, THOMAS A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Thomas A. Newman (16817854), Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-3E Helicopter Pararescue Specialist in Detachment 1, 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, SEVENTH Air Force, in action near Savannakhet, Laos, on 30 May 1968. On that date, Sergeant Newman voluntarily descended into a hostile jungle environment to rescue a downed Air Force pilot. With complete disregard for his own life, and hampered by darkness and concentrated automatic weapons fire, he requested the rescue helicopter above him to enter a nearby orbit, both for the safety of the crewmembers, and to prevent the hovering aircraft from establishing the survivor's location for the unfriendly ground forces. When the rescue helicopter returned, he secured the injured airman to the forest penetrator and protected him with his own body as they ascended to the helicopter. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Newman reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Special Orders GB-521, 10/3/1968, USAF
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Airman's Medal, Purple Heart


NORRIS, WILLIAM C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to William C. Norris, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as an F- 105 Pilot with the 333d Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, SEVENTH Air Force, in action over North Vietnam on 12 August 1967. On that date, Colonel Norris led a strike force of twenty F-105 aircraft against a key installation in the North Vietnamese supply line. Skillfully evading surface-to-air missile launches, he positioned his force for the bomb run. Four MiG-17's engaged his flight from the rear. Colonel Norris turned toward the MiGs, drew them away from his attack force, eluded them, and returned to successfully attack the target. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Lieutenant Colonel Norris reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: 1926 at Port Jervis, New York
Home Town: Port Jervis, New York
Personal Awards: Air Force Cross (Vietnam), Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star (Vietnam), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, 13@ Air Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal

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