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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
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
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ABLE, JOHNNIE J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Johnnie J. Able, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Flight Engineer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, in aerial action against enemy forces on 16 June 1943, during a Photo-Reconnaissance air mission over Bougainville Island. Sergeant Able was a member of a volunteer bomber crew which undertook an important and dangerous photo mapping mission over the heavily defended enemy base at Buka. Just before the photographing was completed, about twenty enemy fighters attacked. The bomber was extensively damaged and five of the crew were seriously wounded. After a forty-five minute running fight, in which five enemy planes were destroyed and two damaged, the bomber was flown safely to its base five hundred and eighty miles away. Sergeant Able showed admirable skill and determined courage on this voluntary mission, which secured information of great value in subsequent operations. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Able on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 66 (1943)


ADAMS, JACK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack Adams, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 14 December 1941, against enemy Japanese surface vessels in the Southwest Pacific. On this date First Lieutenant Adams was engaged in a bombing mission against two enemy transports. Lieutenant Adams' B-17 was continuously attacked from the time it reached the target area. Machine-gun bullets cut through the plane, wounding several of the personnel and knocking out two engines. After a forced landing on the island of Masbate, just across the strait from Legaspi, the crew ran for cover while persistent enemy fighters completely destroyed the plane by strafing. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Adams on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)


ADAMS, ROBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert H. Adams, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 453d Bombardment Squadron, 323d Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 14 January 1945, against enemy ground targets in Europe. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Adams on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 37 (1945)
Home Town: Churchville, New York


ADKINS, FRANK E. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank E. Adkins (AO-421570), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 17th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 1 March 1942, in the Southwest Pacific War Area. Second Lieutenant Adkins' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 25 (1942)
Home Town: Montgomery County, Tennessee


ALEXANDER, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Alexander, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 December 1944. First Lieutenant Alexander's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 53 (1945)


ALISON, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John R. Alison (0-21393), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 16th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 July 1942, over Hengyang, China. On that date, Major Alison took off in a P-40 fighting plane at 1:00 a.m. to intercept an enemy formation of three heavy bombers flying at 15,000 feet over Hengyang. Without hesitation, he closed for attack upon this superior force, and although receiving fire from the hostile wing ships in engine and cockpit, he delivered fire in succession to each of the three bombers, two of which burst into flames and crashed. The other turned from the attack with smoke pouring from both engines and probably did not reach its home base. With his damaged plane failing and pursuit impossible, Major Alison would have been justified under the circumstances, in leaving his ship by parachute, but he chose to attempt a night crash landing in order to save his vitally needed equipment. Being unable to reach the field, he landed in a nearby river, from which his plane was salvaged. In attacking this superior force at night, destroying two bombers and possibly the entire hostile formation after his ship had been damaged by enemy cross fire, and then attempting to save his stricken plane, Major Alison displayed extraordinary heroism and outstanding skill. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 8 (September 12, 1942)
Born: November 21, 1912 at Gainesville, Florida
Home Town: Gainesville, Florida


ALLEN, BROOKE EMPIE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Brooke Empie Allen, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber and Commander of the 42d Bombardment Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group (H), HAWAIIAN Air Force, in aerial action against enemy Japanese Naval surface forces during the period 4 to 6 June 1942, at Midway. Lieutenant Colonel Allen led his squadron of B-17s in four attacks against the Japanese Task Force during the first two crucial days of the Battle of Midway. The gallant leadership, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Allen on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Hawaiian Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 155 (1942)
Born: September 1, 1910 at Columbus County, North Carolina
Home Town: Wilmington, North Carolina


*ALLEN, KEITH N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Keith N. Allen (0-303121), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an Airplane in the 1403d Base Unit, in aerial action on 20 September 1944, over Norway. On that date Lieutenant Colonel Keith Allen, pilot, Captain Schreiner, co-pilot, and seven crew members took off from Leuchars on an operational mission to drop supplies to the underground in Norway. After crossing the coastline in Norway, number one engine began to smoke and run rough. This condition continued until they reached the target area and released the containers. The engine then caught fire and was feathered and the fire extinguished itself. They decided to head for Murmansk as heading back across the North Sea was a bit risky. The plane finally crossed the mouth of the Kola inlet as the crew looked for a place to land. Three searchlight cones of three each were turned on, indicating an airfield. In attempting to turn back toward the airfield, without knowing it, the pilot flew over the Russian Battleship Archangel. During this time the Russian colors of the day were being fired from the Very pistol, all lights on the plane were turned on, including the landing lights, and calls were being made on the International distress frequency. At this time, the battleship Archangel opened fired along with some shore batteries, hitting engine number two which caught fire, shooting off the left rudder and damaging the left wing. With the plane on fire Colonel Allen ordered Captain Schreiner to bail out the crew, advising that he would follow. The engineer released two life rafts through the bomb bay. The right waist gunner was hit by flak and bailed out, the navigator escaped thru the nose wheel well after destroying the classified material and making sure the IFF was destroyed. The navigator escaped thru the nose wheel well after destroying the classified material and making sure the IFF was destroyed. Lieutenant Colonel Allen's unquestionable devotion to duty at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 9 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


*ALSIP, RAYMOND H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond H. Alsip (35169026), Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in aerial action against enemy forces on 3 February 1943. Corporal Alsip's unquestionable valor in aerial combat at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 74 (1943)
Home Town: Brazil, Indiana


AMBROSE, TALMADGE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Talmadge L. Ambrose (AO-767060), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 410th Fighter Squadron, 373d Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 April 1945, over Hanover, Germany. On this date First Lieutenant Ambrose shot down a total of FOUR enemy aircraft. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 69 (1945)
Born: at Akron, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, 18@ Air Medals


ANDERSON, BERNARD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard E. Anderson, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in a B-17 Heavy Bomber of the 30th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, during a bombing mission on 5 October 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Anderson on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 61 (1942)


ANDERSON, BERNARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard L. Anderson, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy on the ground from 9 April 1943 through 1 April 1945, in the Philippine islands. Lieutenant Colonel Anderson distinguished himself while serving with Philippine Guerilla Forces, in actions against enemy Japanese Forces. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 9 (1945)


*ANDERSON, MARSHALL JUDSON (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Marshall Judson Anderson (0-396368), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 20th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 January 1942, during an air mission over the Philippine Islands. Leading his flight in battle over the Philippines, First Lieutenant Anderson dispersed a superior force of enemy dive bombers, shot down an enemy observation plane, forced a hostile bomber formation to flee, and then attacked a Japanese convoy. Lieutenant Anderson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 12 (1942)
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


ANDERSON, RICHARD H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard H. Anderson (AO-694214), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in the 19th Fighter Squadron, 318th Fighter Group, SEVENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 May 1945, over the Central Pacific Ocean. On that date First Lieutenant Anderson shot down FIVE enemy aircraft in a single mission. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Tenth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 220 (1945)


ANDERSON, SHELDON K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sheldon K. Anderson (AO-702741), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 319th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 October 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Action. On this date Second Lieutenant Anderson shot down THREE enemy aircraft. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 5 (1945)
Home Town: Kenosha County, Wisconsin


ANDERSON, SHERMAN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sherman E. Anderson, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in aerial action against enemy forces on 18 July 1944. First Lieutenant Anderson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 45 (1944)


ANDERSON, WILLIAM N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William N. Anderson, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 506th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Anderson flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Anderson on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)


*ANDERSON, WILLIAM T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William T. Anderson, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 19th Transportation Squadron, 24th Division, in ground action against enemy forces on 7 December 1941, during the Japanese attack on Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii. While on duty as a radio operator Corporal Anderson voluntarily obtained a sub-machine gun and with utter disregard for his own safety took position in the open field without cover and continued to fire at enemy planes which were bombing and strafing the field, until he was mortally wounded. His unquestionable valor at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 20 (1942)


ANDRES, ARTHUR E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur E. Andres, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces during World War II. Captain Andres' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Home Town: Newton, Massachusetts


APPOLD, NORMAN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Norman C. Appold, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 514th Bombardment Squadron, 376th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Appold acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Major Appold, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast in the cockpit to unload his bombs on the enemy targets, and then returned to his home base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Appold on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 81 (1943)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


ARMSBY, SHERMAN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sherman Armsby (0-814628), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 375th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 July 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Second Lieutenant Armsby shot down THREE enemy aircraft. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 73 (1944)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, 5@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


ARMSTRONG, FRANK A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank A. Armstrong, Jr., Brigadier General (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commander, 97th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while leading his Group in a bombing mission on 5 April 1943, against enemy ground targets in Europe. Brigadier General Armstrong's gallant leadership and unquestionable valor in aerial combat have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 53 (1943)
Born: at Hamilton, North Carolina
Home Town: Hobgood, North Carolina


ARNOLD, ALTUS L. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Altus L. Arnold (39079424), Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 440th Ordnance Company (Aviation), in ground action against enemy forces from 3 to 10 May 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. Private First Class Arnold's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 12 (1946)
Home Town: Benton County, Washington


AROOTH, MICHAEL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael Arooth, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail gunner in a B-17 Heavy Bomber of the 527th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 July 1943, against enemy ground targets in Germany. On that date, Staff Sergeant Arooth shot down three enemy airplanes and even though the airplane's oxygen line was broken, one gun was jammed, and he was severely wounded, he remained at his post, repaired his gun, resumed fire, and destroyed the fourth plane. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Arooth on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1943)


ASCHENBRENER, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Aschenbrener (AO-664120), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 24 November 1944, over the Philippine Islands. On this day Captain Aschenbrener shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single mission. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 99 (1945)


ASHLEY, EARL D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl D. Ashley, Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Private First Class Ashley displayed extraordinary heroism during an extremely hazardous and difficult torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. He served his gun against strong fighter opposition until seriously wounded by enemy fire, and after wounded continued to assist another crew member in serving the gun until enemy opposition had ceased. By his skilled airmanship and courageousness he was instrumental in the success of the first torpedo attack ever carried out by the Army Air Forces. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Private First Class Ashley on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 117 (1942)
Born: at Williamston, South Carolina


ATKINSON, GWEN G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gwen G. Atkinson, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 5th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 December 1944, during an air mission over Mindoro Island near Luzon in the Philippine Islands. When a Japanese task force consisting of a battleship, a heavy cruiser and six destroyers approached and threatened the recently occupied allied base at Mindoro Island near Luzon at night, Colonel Atkinson, taking off in the midst of an enemy air raid, led two squadrons of P-47 aircraft in what seemed an almost suicidal attack upon the task force. Because it had been impossible to load the p-47's with bombs, he instructed the pilots to make diversionary strafing runs over the warships to prevent the enemy gunners from concentrating their fire in any one direction. Leading the way through an intense antiaircraft barrage, he came at masthead level and raked the full length of the cruiser with machine gun fire. He then led his squadrons in a series of strafing attacks which started fire on the cruiser and several destroyers silenced gun batteries, and killed a majority of the enemy gun crews. Only after he had expended all his ammunition and all the pilots had left the area did he proceed to a base on the island of Mindoro, where he arrived with his gasoline almost exhausted. Demonstrating inspiring leadership, outstanding courage and superb flying skill, Colonel Atkinson contributed materially to the elimination of a serious threat to our newly won airstrips and installations. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 55 (1945)


ATKINSON, PAUL G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul G. Atkinson, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an A-26 Medium Bomber in the NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 23 January 1945, against enemy ground targets in Europe. Just prior to starting a bomb run, Captain Atkinson's aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. He was struck in the face and his bombardier's leg was almost severed. Despite these tremendous obstacles, he made the bombing run with excellent results. Then, since the bombardier was not able to bail out, he successfully made a crash landing once he got over friendly territory. His extraordinary heroism saved the life of the bombardier. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Atkinson on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Home Town: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania


AVERY, LLOYD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lloyd Avery, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as member of the crew of a B-19 Heavy Bomber of the 497th Bombardment Group (VH), TWENTIETH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 27 January 1945, against enemy ground targets in Japan. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Avery on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: XXI Bomber Command, U.S. Army Air Forces, General Orders No. 127 (1945)
Home Town: Long Beach, California

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BADE, JACK A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack A. Bade (0-727378), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 44th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 13 February 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. While leading part of a fighter sweep preceding a bombing raid on hostile shipping in the Shortland-Kahili area, First Lieutenant Bade fought back desperately against intercepting Zeros which struck from behind and below. When his crippled wingman fell off in a smoking dive, he followed him down until his own plane was tailed by four Japanese fighters whose disintegrating fire riddled his wings and fuselage and jammed his guns. Immediately afterward, although bleeding profusely from a deep head wound, he flew to the defense of several of our bombers which had been stripped of fighter cover and were being attacked by a swarm of Zeros. Undeterred by complete lack of fire power and suffering great pain, he put his damaged plane through a series of headlong passes with such formidable aggressiveness that the Japanese airmen broke off their fight and fled. His heroic perseverance and superb flying skill were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 89 (1943)


BAIL, BERNARD W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard W. Bail, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-24 Heavy Bomber of the 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), and as the Group's Lead Radar Navigator on a heavy bombardment attack on 5 June 1944, against defended enemy coastal positions in the vicinity of Boulogno-Sur-Mer, France, in preparation of the invasion on 6 June 1944. As he approached the target, Lieutenant Bail's aircraft was hit repeatedly and severely by enemy antiaircraft fire which seriously crippled the ship, knocking out three engines and causing the remaining engine to be cut off, killed the pilot, and wounded several members of the crew, including the Command Pilot whose foot was severed. The co-pilot set a course for England while the aircraft rapidly lost altitude. While over the English Channel, Lieutenant Bail applied a tourniquet to the leg of the Command Pilot and the crew was ordered to bail out. He remained with the Command pilot, who had sufficiently recovered from shock to reach the aircraft's steering yoke, and turn it around from its inland course and head it back to ditch in the English Channel. This extraordinary act of heroism enabled the Command Pilot to steer the aircraft away from and English village preventing further loss of life. Lieutenant Bail's valiant and unselfish efforts, above and beyond the call of duty and at great risk to himself, are keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.


*BAKALAR, JOHN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John E. Bakalar (0-732120), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 August 1944, over France. On this date First Lieutenant Bakalar engaged a numerically superior force of enemy aircraft and shot down three of them. First Lieutenant Bakalar's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 97 (1944)
Born: August 29, 1920 at Hammond, Indiana
Home Town: Hammond, Indiana


BANKEY, ERNEST E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ernest E. Bankey, Jr. (0-752095), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane assigned to Headquarters, 364th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 27 December 1944, in support of beleaguered Allied ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge. On this date Captain Bankey became an ACE in a single day, shooting down FIVE enemy aircraft and assisting in the destruction of another. Captain Bankey's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 4 (1945)


*BANKS, ARTHUR EDWIN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur Edwin Banks (0-687923), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 701st Bombardment Squadron, 445th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 22 December 1943, over Bremen, Germany. Before reaching the target a cannon shell exploded in the nose compartment and severely wounded Lieutenant Banks. In spite of the painful nature of his wound Lieutenant Banks remained at his post plotting the course and obtaining bearings for the route back to base. The airplane had sustained serious damage during the enemy attacks and was forced out of formation, whereupon enemy fighters redoubled their efforts to destroy it. During these particularly vicious attacks Lieutenant Banks was mortally wounded. From the nature and extent of his wounds Lieutenant Banks must have realized that death was imminent, but with complete disregard for this fact and for the pain, he continued at his work and plotted an accurate course for the pilot to fly back to England. The courage, devotion to duty, and skill under extreme stress displayed by Lieutenant Banks upon this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Home Town: Providence, Rhode Island


BARBIERO, SAMUEL S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel S. Barbiero, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator and Gunner in a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 26 November 1943, over Germany. During a fierce enemy fighter attack, Sergeant Barbiero was hit by a 20-mm. cannon shell which amputated his left foot and tore away part of the leg. In the same attack the plane itself was badly damaged. Despite the gravity of his own condition and the intense pain he was suffering, he put a tourniquet on his leg and hopped to his radio to send out distress signals. Finding the radio damaged beyond use, he set about repairing it, and was able to send out a signal. Despite the heavy damage, the plane reached England, but ran completely out of gas before landing could be made. A crash-landing became necessary. Again exercising unparalleled courage and coolness and disregard for self, he gathered the other members of the crew in the radio compartment into his arms, and bracing himself with his one sound leg, cushioned the impact of the crash landing with his own body. The courage, devotion to duty, and moral fiber demonstrated by Sergeant Barbiero on this occasion served as an inspiration of the highest order to all his crew members and to all members of this command, and his actions reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 11 (1944)


BARBOSA, VICENTE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vicente R. Barbosa, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force. Corporal Barbosa distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 20 May 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Barbosa on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 58 (1944)


*BARNICLE, GERALD J. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gerald J. Barnicle (0-432965), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier and Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Lieutenant Barnicle displayed extraordinary heroism during a torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. The success of the mission was dependant entirely upon the skill, courageous and unfaltering devotion to duty of the crew members of the airplanes participating, who unhesitatingly entered into the attack at great personal risk to their own lives in the face of concentrated gunfire of the Japanese Naval forces and fighter planes. During this, the first torpedo attack ever carried out by the Army Air Forces, the airplane on which Lieutenant Barnicle was gunner and bombardier, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Barnicle on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 117 (1942)
Home Town: Fitchburg, Massachusetts


BARRALL, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Barrall, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Member of the Crew of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 365th Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 15 May 1943, against enemy ground targets at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Barrall on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 41 (1943)
Home Town: Columbia County, Pennsylvania


*BATTAGLIA, SALVATORE (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Salvatore Battaglia (6976250), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Aerial Engineer and Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Staff Sergeant Battaglia displayed extraordinary heroism during a torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. The success of the mission was dependant entirely upon the skill, courageousness and unfaltering devotion to duty of the crew members of the airplanes participating, who unhesitatingly entered into the attack at great personal risk to their own lives in the face of concentrated gunfire of the Japanese Naval forces and fighter planes. During this, the first torpedo attack ever carried out by the Army Air Forces, the airplane on which Staff Sergeant Battaglia was aerial engineer and gunner, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Battaglia on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 117 (1942)
Home Town: New York, New York


BATTALIO, SAMUEL T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel T. Battalio, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier in a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 527th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 19 September 1944, over Europe. On that date, First Lieutenant Battalio was serving as Lead Bombardier of a heavy bombardment combat wing on a bombing mission over enemy occupied territory. As his airplane approached the primary target, Lieutenant Battalio was severely wounded by a burst of flak which fractured one of his legs and caused multiple lacerations on his right arm. Unfavorable weather conditions restricted visibility and as he was under orders not to release his bombs unless sighting was perfect, he proceeded to the secondary target and despite the severity of his wounds, insisted upon two runs on it in a futile attempt to sight the target. Although weak from loss of blood, and despite the intense anti-aircraft fire, he coolly continued his search, finally located a suitable objective and dropped his bombs directly on target. First Lieutenant Battalio's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 97 (1944)
Born: May 27, 1916 at Belzoni, Mississippi
Home Town: Vicksburg, Mississippi


BEAM, JAMES C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James C. Beam, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 506th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Beam flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Beam on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


BEAM, RALPH E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph E. Beam, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces on 2 December 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Beam on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 16 (1945)


BECK, JOSEPH ALBERT, II
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Albert Beck, II, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Member of the Crew of a Troop Transport Airplane of the 60th Troop Carrier Group, TWELFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on November 8, 1942. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Beck on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Allied Force Headquarters: General Orders No. 11 (1943)
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


BECKHAM, WALTER C. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter C. Beckham (0-430771), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 351st Fighter Squadron, 353d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 October 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date in aerial combat, Captain Beckham shot down three enemy aircraft during a single air mission. Captain Beckham's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 15 (1944)
Born: May 12, 1916 at Paxton, Florida


*BEERBOWER, DON MERRIL (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Don Merril Beerbower (0-730341), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 9 August 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. During the period from 1 January 1944 to 7 July 1944, Major Beerbower shot down fifteen enemy aircraft. He was killed while strafing a German airfield near Reims, France on 9 August 1944. Major Beerbower's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 97 (1944)
Home Town: Hill City, Minnesota


BEESON, DUANE W. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Duane W. Beeson (AO-885184), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 29 January 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Beeson shot down two enemy aircraft. Captain Beeson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 24 (1944)
Born: July 6, 1921 at Boise, Idaho
Home Town: Boise, Idaho


BEESON, FRANK H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank H. Beeson, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 40th Pursuit Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 May 1942, in the Southwest Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Beeson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 23 (1942)
Home Town: Clarke County, Alabama


BELL, ROBERT D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert D. Bell (0-728549), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 27 March 1944, n the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. On this date in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces, Lieutenant Bell shot down THREE enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Bell's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-India/Burma Theater, General Orders No. 28 (1945)


*BENGEL, GEORGE H. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George H. Bengel (6705073), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier and Front Gunner in a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 13th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 May 1943, over Lae, New Guinea. Technical Sergeant Bengel was bombardier and front gunner in one of a flight of five medium bombers raiding Lae. Intercepted by five enemy fighters before reaching the target, he drove off two attempts at head-on attack. Despite anti-aircraft fire and continued interception, he placed his bombs well in a line down the runway. One engine of his airplane was disabled. Technical Sergeant Bengel ably defended it from frontal attacks, his accurate gunnery causing one enemy fighter to crash into the sea. A few minutes later, his own aircraft was forced to a water landing. Technical Sergeant Bengel's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Home Town: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart


*BENN, WILLIAM G. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William G. Benn (0-21524), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 63d Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 1 to 25 October 1942 against enemy Japanese ground and surface targets in Southwest Pacific War Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Benn during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 48 (1942)
Home Town: Coudersport, Pennsylvania


*BENSON, MARION ARNOLD (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Marion Arnold Benson (0-806035), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 514th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter-Bomber Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 June 1944, in support of Allied ground forces following the landings at Normandy France. On this date, in aerial engagement, First Lieutenant Benson's fighter was badly damaged and he himself was critically wounded. With little hope for survival otherwise, Lieutenant Benson dove his falling fighter plane into a German gun position, sacrificing his life to destroy an enemy strongpoint. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Benson on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Des Moines, Iowa


*BERRYMAN, RICHARD C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard C. Berryman (0-1533493), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 568th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 March 1945, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Berryman on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 134 (1945)
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


BEVLOCK, JAMES J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James J. Bevlock (0-420568), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-39 Fighter Airplane in the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 April 1942, during an air mission over Lae, New Guinea. In aerial combat against Japanese forces on this date, Lieutenant shot down one enemy airplane. Second Lieutenant Bevlock's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 37 (1942)
Home Town: New Castle, Delaware


BILLINGSLEY, LEONARD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard Billingsley, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 434th Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 7 August 1943, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Billingsley on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 80 (1943)
Home Town: Mutual, Oklahoma


BLAKESLEE, DONALD J. M.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald J. M. Blakeslee (0-885264), Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 January 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Colonel Blakeslee shot down one enemy airplane. Colonel Blakeslee's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 23 (1944)

BLAKESLEE, DONALD J. M.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald J. M. Blakeslee (0-885264), Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces during the period from 21 June 21 to 5 July 1944. Colonel Blakeslee's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 58 (1944)
Home Town: Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


BLEYER, JULIAN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Julian M. Bleyer, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters, 98th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Lieutenant Colonel Bleyer flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Bleyer on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 81 (1943)


BLICKENSTAFF, WAYNE K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wayne K. Blickenstaff (0-728555), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 350th Fighter Squadron, 353d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 24 March 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. In aerial combat on this date Lieutenant Colonel Blickenstaff destroyed three German FW-190s and two German ME-109s to become and Ace in a day. Lieutenant Colonel Blickenstaff's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 134 (1945)
Home Town: Chino, California


BLISSARD, GROVER CLEVELAND
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Grover Cleveland Blissard, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 429th Bombardment Squadron, 2d Bombardment Group (H), TWELFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 October 1943, against enemy ground targets at Pisa, Italy. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Blissard on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-North Africa Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 4 (1943)
Born: May 11, 1918 at Stanford, Texas
Home Town: Stanford, Texas


BLUMER, LAURENCE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Laurence E. Blumer (0-740351), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 393d Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on August 25, 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Captain Blumer became one of the few fighter pilots to become an "ace-in-a-day" when he shot down five FW-190s in 15 minutes of aerial combat. Captain Blumer's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Home Town: North Dakota


*BOELENS, LEO A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leo A. Boelens (0-426888), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the Philippine Guerilla Forces during the period from 4 April 1943 through 22 January 1944, in the Philippine Islands. Captured by the Japanese and held as a Prisoner of War, First Lieutenant Boelens was one of ten men including two Naval Officers, three Air Corps Officers, and two Marine Corps Officers who escaped after nearly a year in captivity following the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. The ten men evaded their captors for days until making contact with Filipino Guerillas under Wendell Fertig. Lieutenant Boelens continued to serve with the guerrilla forces until his death on 22 January 1944. This escape was the only mass escape from a Japanese prison camp during the war. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Boelens throughout this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Prisoner of War, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 22 (1944)
Home Town: Marion County, Oregon


BOGGS, HAMPTON E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hampton E. Boggs (0-728557), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 459th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 March 1944, in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. On this date in aerial combat, Captain Boggs shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission. Captain Boggs' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 131 (1944)
Born: at Garvin, Oklahoma
Home Town: Garvin, Oklahoma


*BOLEFAHR, WAYNE N. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wayne N. Bolefahr (0-24907), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Captain Bolefahr's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 11@ Air Medals


BONG, RICHARD IRA (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard Ira Bong (0-433784), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 July 1943, during an air mission over Lae, New Guinea. In aerial combat on this date Lieutenant Bong destroyed FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement, bringing his total to this date to FIFTEEN enemy aircraft destroyed and becoming a TRIPLE ACE. First Lieutenant Bong's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 62 (1943)
Born: September 24, 1920 at Superior, Wisconsin
Home Town: Poplar, Wisconsin
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


BOOTH, CHARLES HENRY, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Henry Booth, Jr., Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 458th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 March 1944, against enemy ground targets deep inside Germany. Although severely wounded while leading a section of his heavy bombardment group against the target, he dragged himself to the flight deck and directed the battle against enemy fighter attacks. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Booth on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)
Home Town: New Kensington, Pennsylvania


BOSTROM, FRANK P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank P. Bostrom, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 40th Reconnaissance Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. On 11 April Captain Bostrom was Pilot of a B-17 bomber under the command of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, who led a daring flight of seven B-25Cs and three B-17s from Australia to a staging field at Del Monte on Mindanao in the Philippine Islands. Over the following two days the B-25's and B-17's attacked the many ships and the docks at Cebu, the air and harbor facilities at Davao, and Nichols Field on Luzon. The B-25 Mitchell's were involved in over twenty sorties. They sank one Jap transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Bostrom during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in Australia, General Orders No. 39 (1942)


BOUDREAUX, MARCUS A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Marcus A. Boudreaux, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action on 26 November 1943. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Boudreaux on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 24 (1944)


*BOYD, CHARLES K. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles K. Boyd (0-729118), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during an air mission on 19 September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Major Boyd's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 24 (1945)


*BOYLE, FRANCIS M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis M. Boyle (O-747197), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Member of the Crew of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 727th Bombardment Squadron, 451st Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 May 1944, against enemy ground targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Boyle on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 59 (1944)


BRADLEY, JACK T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack T. Bradley, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 28 May 1944, during an air mission over Germany. On this date while leading his squadron of fighter airplanes in escort of a large bomber formation attacking a highly important and exceedingly well defended target deep within Germany, Major Bradley observed a large group of enemy fighters about to attack the bombers. Without hesitation he directed his forces to give maximum protection to the bombers and, although under repeated attack himself, dived fearlessly into the midst of the enemy formation and personally destroyed two enemy airplanes while his squadron accounted for ten. The enemy attack was so completely disorganized, that not a single enemy airplane reached the bombers. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Major Bradley on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 73 (1944)


BRANDON, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Brandon, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber with Headquarters, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Brandon flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Brandon on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


BREEDING, PAUL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul R. Breeding, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 525th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 20 February 1944, against enemy ground targets in the Leipzig/Bernburg area in Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Breeding on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)


BRERETON, LEWIS HYDE
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Lewis Hyde Brereton, Lieutenant General (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Army Air Forces Commander, with the 1st Allied Airborne Army, in Europe. The gallant leadership, superb tactical ability and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant General Brereton have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Born: June 21, 1890 at Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


BRIGHT, JAMES C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James C. Bright, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in action against enemy forces during an air mission in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Bright on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 54 (1944)


*BRILL, ALLEN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Allen Brill (0-442336), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 4 March 1943, against enemy ground targets in Hamm, Germany. On this date First Lieutenant Brill was serving as Pilot of a B-17 on a bombing mission to attack the railway station and marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. Lieutenant Brill's aircraft was subjected to some of the most vicious attacks made by the Germans upon any plane in the formation. By the time they had reached the German coast on the way out, three of their engines had been shot out and the remaining engine was not sufficient to keep the aircraft in formation. Before long further attacks by German aircraft forced Lieutenant Brill to ditch in the icy waters of the North Sea. The sea was rough, and after bouncing off one wave the aircraft broke into two on the next swell. Lieutenants Brill and his co-pilot Lieutenant Allen Lowry were the last ones to leave the airplane after it began to break up and refused to save themselves until after the other combat crew members had safely entered their dinghies. The high winds soon carried the dinghies out of reach of these officers and although the other combat crewmembers attempted to save them they had sacrificed themselves to make sure that the surviving members of their crew would reach safety. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Brill on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Born: November 22, 1916 at Sedalia, Missouri
Home Town: Sedalia, Missouri


BRITTON, JOHN T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John T. Britton, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as C-Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, in aerial action against enemy forces on 16 June 1943, during a Photo-Reconnaissance air mission over Bougainville Island. Second Lieutenant Britton was Co-Pilot of a volunteer bomber crew which undertook an important and dangerous photo mapping mission over the heavily defended enemy base at Buka. Just before the photographing was completed, about twenty enemy fighters attacked. The bomber was extensively damaged and five of the crew were seriously wounded. After a forty-five minute running fight, in which five enemy planes were destroyed and two damaged, the bomber was flown safely to its base five hundred and eighty miles away. Second Lieutenant Britton showed admirable skill and determined courage on this voluntary mission, which secured information of great value in subsequent operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Britton on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 66 (1943)


BROOKS, JOHN A., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Brooks, III (O-23828), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 2d Scouting Force, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 9 February 1945, during an air mission in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Colonel Brooks and his wingman attacked over 100 German fighters and Colonel Brooks shot down 2 of them while completely stopping the German attack on the bomber fleet, saving hundreds of bomber crew lives. Lieutenant Colonel Brooks' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)
Born: May 29, 1917 at Rumson, New Jersey


*BROWN, ALBERT C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Albert C. Brown (35369045), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a member of the Crew of a Transport Airplane of the India-China Wing, Air Transport Command, on 26 June 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Brown on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Air Transport Command, and the United States Army Air Forces.
American Battle Monuments Commission
Home Town: Indiana


*BROWN, DAVID W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to David W. Brown (6296430), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Member of the crew of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 6 and 7 August 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in support of Allied landings in the Solomon Islands. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Brown on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 34 (September 15, 1942)
Home Town: Childress County, Texas


BROWN, GEORGE SCRATCHLEY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George Scratchley Brown, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Squadron Leader and Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters, 93d Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Brown led his Squadron through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Brown on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 88 (1943)
Born: August 17, 1918 at Montclair, New Jersey
Home Town: Leavenworth, Kansas


BROWN, HENRY W. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry W. Brown (0-2044989), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 April 1944, during an air mission over Berlin, Germany. On this date Second Lieutenant Brown was escorting bombers to their target on the outskirts of Berlin. After the bombers unloaded and headed for home, the 355th turned its escort duty over to another group and prepared to strafe targets of opportunity. On the first pass, Lieutenant Brown burned a JU-52, then riddled a JU-88 bomber on his second pass. Spotting an FW-190 fighter taking off, he performed a chandelle to the left, pulling up behind the German fighter and shooting it down just as he ran out of ammunition. Returning home he became aware of four enemy fighters stalking two fellow Allied fighters. Though out of ammunition, Lieutenant Brown called out a warning and then moved in on the enemy fighters as if to attack. There followed a 20-minute engagement in which he outturned his four adversaries, forcing them one by one to roll out of a Lufbery circle and dive for the ground. His daring actions enabled the other two fighters, both of which were out of ammunition, to escape. Second Lieutenant Brown's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 31 (1944)
Home Town: Texas


BROWN, SAMUEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel J. Brown (0-431846), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 June 1944, during an air mission over Vienna. On this date Major Brown demonstrated great courage, skill, and heroism when, with only the protection of a wing man, he attacked a formation of 50 enemy fighters that were preparing to attack a formation of 15th Air Force heavy bombers near Vienna. During the heavy aerial combat that followed, Major Brown destroyed four of the German planes and damaged two, causing the remainder to disperse. Major Brown's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 40 (1944)
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma


*BROWN, WALTER L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Walter L. Brown (18063845), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Waist Gunner of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 67th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Staff Sergeant Brown acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Brown, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast by his guns until he was killed by enemy fire. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Brown on this occasion, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)
Home Town: Delta County, Texas


BRUELAND, LOWELL K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lowell K. Brueland (0730366/9422A), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 28 July 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date in aerial combat, Captain Brueland shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Brueland's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)


BRYAN, DONALD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald S. Bryan, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 328th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 November 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Bryan, already an ACE with SIX aerial victories, became a DOUBLE ACE and an Ace in a Day by shooting down Five German FW-190 fighter airplanes. Captain Bryan's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Born: August 15, 1921 at Hollister, California
Home Town: Paicines, California


BUCK, WILLIAM E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William E. Buck, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while participating in a bombing mission on 17 July 1943. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Buck on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1943)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


BURDUE, CLAYTON C. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clayton C. Burdue, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 95th Bombardment Group, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 January 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Burdue on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 19 (1944)
Home Town: Lodi, California


*BURLESON, ROBERT B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert B. Burleson (0-412726), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as member of the crew of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 6 and 7 August 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in support of Allied landings in the Solomon Islands. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Burleson on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 34 (September 15, 1942)
Home Town: Marion County, Alabama


*BURNEY, WILLIS W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Willis W. Burney (0-426112), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as member of the crew of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 9th Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 16 January 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific War Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Burney on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 34 (September 15, 1942)
Home Town: Coleman County, Texas


BURNS, WILBERT R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilbert R. Burns, Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as the Member of the Crew of a Troop Transport Aircraft in the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, 374th Troop Carrier Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 19 February 1942, in the Southwest Pacific War Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Burns on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 39 (1942)

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CALDWELL, KENNETH M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth M. Caldwell, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 565th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Caldwell flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Caldwell on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)


*CALDWELL, WILMA T., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wilma T. Caldwell, Jr. (0-521569), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 554th Bombardment Squadron, 386th Bombardment Group (M), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 22 August 1943, against enemy ground targets at Beaumont le Roger, France. Shortly after the completion of the bombing run, the airplane piloted by Lieutenant Caldwell was attacked by an enemy fighter, which resulted in an engine being damaged and a fire, which involved the fuel tanks being started in the bomb bay. Faced with the imminent destruction of his crippled and almost unmanageable plane, subjected to the intense heat of the growing fire, and in spite of radio warnings from other pilots in his formation, Lieutenant Caldwell chose to remain at the controls of his ship, keeping it in a controlled glide in order to give his crew an opportunity to escape. After the fourth man had parachuted to safety, the plane exploded in midair. The gallantry displayed by Lieutenant Caldwell in sacrificing his life for his comrades is in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Army and reflects reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 13 (1944)
Home Town: Milam County, Texas


CAMERON, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William R. Cameron, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 67th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Caldwell flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Cameron on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 16 (1944)
Home Town: Hanford, California


CAMPBELL, DAVID A. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to David A. Campbell (0-392746), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force. During the period from 1 to 29 May 1943, Lieutenant Campbell shot down a total of three enemy aircraft in aerial combat. First Lieutenant Campbell's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 29 (1943)
Home Town: Ohio
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


*CANNON, JAMES L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James L. Cannon (6254686), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Member of the Crew of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 14th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 December 1941, against enemy Japanese targets in Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Cannon on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 33 (September 12, 1942)
Home Town: Guadalupe County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguishes Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart


CARMICHAEL, RICHARD H. (POW)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard H. Carmichael, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber and Commander of the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 7 August 1942, against enemy ground targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date, as Commander of the 19th Bombardment Group, Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael led sixteen B-17 bombers in a daring daylight, high-level raid over Rabaul. After dropping his bombs, Colonel Carmichael's bomber was attacked, during which a crewman was wounded and the oxygen system was shot out. Colonel Carmichael dove to a lower level, evading enemy attackers until he could find the safety of the clouds to return to his base. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)

CARMICHAEL, RICHARD H. (POW)
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard H. Carmichael, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-29 Very Heavy Bomber in the 462d Bombardment Group (VH), TWENTIETH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 20 August 1944, against enemy ground targets in Japan. While leading his group in a B-29 attack to Yawata, Japan, in the first daylight raid on Japan since the 1942 Doolittle raid, Colonel Carmichael was shot down and remained a prisoner of war until he was liberated on 29 August 1945. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Carmichael on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Air Forces, General Orders No. 85 (1945)
Born: at Hillsboro, Texas
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


CARPENTER, REGINALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Reginald L. Carpenter, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 67th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Captain Cameron flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds. Despite heavy enemy fire that killed two members of his crew and badly damaged his bomber, Captain Cameron with great valor and aerial skill kept his ship airborne until it could be ditched in the sea, where his surviving crew were subsequently rescued. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Carpenter on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


CARR, BRUCE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bruce W. Carr (0-887280), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 April 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Carr destroyed three German F-190 fighter aircraft and two ME-109s to become an Ace in a day. First Lieutenant Carr's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 55 (1945)


CARRINGTON, JOHN R. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John R. Carrington (6534732), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Member of the Crew of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 82d Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on March 29, 1943, against enemy ground targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Carrington on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 49 (1943)
Home Town: Sacramento, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart


CARRUTH, THOMAS A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas A. Carruth, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 13 September 1944, against enemy ground targets in Germany. On that date First Lieutenant Carruth was wounded in action during a bombing mission against the Farbenindustrie Synthetic Oil Plant at Merseburg, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Carruth on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 97 (1944)


*CARSWELL, HORACE SEAVER, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr. (0-399757), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 374 Bombardment Squadron, 308th Bombardment Group (H), FOURTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 15 October 1944, against enemy Japanese surface vessels in the South China Sea. On that date, 150 miles east of Hong Kong, Captain Carswell found a formation of six enemy naval vessels. In a first attack through the concentrated fire of heavily armed warships, his crew got two direct hits on a cruiser, blowing it up. Using his remaining bombs, Captain Carswell made three runs on a destroyer, scoring one direct hit and two near misses that put the ship out of action. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Carswell on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 14th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-China Theater, General Orders No. 31 (1945)
Born: July 16, 1916 at Fort Worth, Texas
Home Town: San Angelo, Texas
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (WWII), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


CATALLO, ALBERT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Albert L. Catallo, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot and Bombardier on a B-26 Medium Bomber with the 19th Bombardment Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 17 August 1942, near Port Moresby, New Guinea. When an air- raid warning was sounded as he was assisting in preparing the airplane, of which he was the bombardier and co-pilot, for a bombing mission, Staff Sergeant Catallo, with the rest of the crew, attempted an immediate take-off, remaining with the plane when bombs started falling while the plane was being taxied into position. One stick of four bombs fell within thirty yards, filling the plane with shrapnel, damaging it so severely as to render it unserviceable and wounding all but one of the crew. The pilot was seriously wounded in the left elbow and was bleeding profusely. Staff Sergeant Catallo, although painfully wounded in the right thigh, improvised a tourniquet for the pilot's arm, assisted him out of the plane and in the midst of a continuing bombing attack carried him the entire length of the runway to relative safety. When transportation was procured, Staff Sergeant Catallo used his own body as a cushion for the wounded pilot over a twelve-mile stretch of exceedingly rough road. Staff Sergeant Catallo's courageous and self-sacrificing actions undoubtedly saved the life of the pilot and exemplify the highest traditions of military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 41 (October 7, 1942)
Home Town: Dearborn, Michigan


CATON, EDWARD H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward H. Caton, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Photographer on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese aerial forces during a Photo Reconnaissance Mission on 31 July 1942, over Wake Island. Staff Sergeant Caton was a member of the crew of a B-17 flown by Major Glober that flew 1,300 miles to Wake Island to perform a photo reconnaissance, despite the fact that two previous attempts had been tried and the crews never returned. Despite being attacked by six enemy aircraft during three passes over the target, Staff Sergeant Caton succeeded in getting excellent pictures of his objective notwithstanding intense fighter opposition. Staff Sergeant Caton finished his photographic work then manned a gun for the duration of the air fight, during which he assisted in shooting down one Japanese airplane. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Caton on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 140 (1942)


CEULEERS, GEORGE F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George F. Ceuleers (0-659099), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 383d Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Ceuleers destroyed four enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Major Ceuleers's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 21 (1945)


*CHRISTENSEN, HAROLD R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold R. Christensen (0-738094), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission against enemy forces on 14 October 1943. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Christensen on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Wright County, Iowa


CHRISTIANSON, FRANKLIN O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Franklin O. Christianson, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 515th Bombardment Squadron, 376th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Christianson on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 56 (1944)


*CHRISTOPHER, GUYTON M. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Guyton M. Christopher (0-789369), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 64th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 January 1943, against enemy ground targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Christopher on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 34 (1943)
Home Town: DeKalb County, Georgia
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Silver Stars (WWII), Purple Heart


*CHURCH, RUSSEL M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Russel M. Church (0-374264), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 17th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 December 1941, during an air mission over Vigan, Philippine Islands. Together with First Lieutenant Boyd Wagner, First Lieutenant Church undertook the hazardous mission of dive bombing the enemy-held airfield at Vigan in the Philippine Islands. When they had reached the target area, Lieutenant Wagner signaled Lieutenant Strauss in a third fighter to remain on patrol, while he and Lieutenant Church proceeded to bomb the airfield. As they went into a dive, Lieutenant Church's plane was hit and set afire by anti-aircraft fire, but he continued the attack, released his bombs, and crashed to his death. First Lieutenant Church's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 52 (1941)
Home Town: Bergen County, New Jersey


CLARK, PHILLIP R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Phillip R. Clark, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 390th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 16 September 1943, against enemy ground targets in occupied Europe. After successfully completing the bombing mission, the aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and Lieutenant Clark was seriously wounded and thrown from his gun position by enemy fire. In spite of his serious wounds he returned to his position and continued to fire his guns against subsequent attacks until he collapsed from shock and loss of blood. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Clark on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 96 (1943)


CLARY, GUY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Guy W. Clary, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Crewman on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 64th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 March 1943, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Clary on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 27 (1943)


CLASSEN, THOMAS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas J. Classen, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 72d Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, while engaged in a search mission over enemy territory on 9 February 1943, in the South Pacific Area. During this search Captain Classen's airplane was attacked by eight enemy Zero fighters. The enemy circled at maximum gun range, executing a series of direct assaults. Two of the enemy fighters were shot down and two more were probably destroyed during the initial phase of the air battle, although one engine of the bomber was silenced, ten guns were damaged beyond usefulness, and all members of the crew wounded. Major Classen, blood streaming through a handkerchief gripped in his teeth, directed his crew in the long running flight which continued. After attacking for an hour and a half, the fighters finally gave up the chase, leaving two motors of the bomber silenced and a third damaged. By this time the airplane was flying at an altitude of barely 20 feet above the water. Ordering the removal of all possible gear, Major Classen, by unshakeable tenacity and consummate skill was able, after approximately an hour's effort to gain an altitude of 800 feet. When a water landing of the disabled airplane was necessitated, he directed preparations with such ability that all of his crew escaped from the wreckage. The group of airmen paddled and drifted in two inflated life rafts through torrid sun and tropical storms for more than 600 miles, until on the sixteenth day they made their way through a difficult coral passage to a group of little-known islands in enemy territory where, upon being recognized as Americans, they received what rest and comforts the war starved native settlement could offer. More than two months after the encounter with the enemy fighters the air crew reached an island occupied by friendly personnel and were returned to their base. Major Classen's extraordinary determination and skill contributed greatly to the escape and safe return of his entire crew. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Classen throughout this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 105 (1943)
Home Town: West Depere, Wisconsin


CLEVEN, GALE W. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gale W. Cleven, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 350th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 August 1943, against enemy ground targets in Bremen, Germany. On that date, Major Cleven was leader of the low squadron. Throughout approximately two hours of constant fighter attack, his squadron was the principal focal point of the enemy's fire. Early in the encounter, south of Antwerp, he lost his entire second element of three B-17's yet maintained his vulnerable and exposed position in the formation rigidly in order to keep his guns uncovered. Approximately 30 minutes before reaching the target, his airplane received the following battle damage. A 20- mm. cannon shell penetrated the right side of the airplane and exploded beneath the pilot, damaging the electrical system and injuring the top turret gunner in the leg. A second 20-mm. shell entered the radio compartment, killing the radio operator, who bled to death with his legs severed above the knees. A third 20-mm. shell entered the left side of the nose, tearing out a section of Plexiglas about two feet square, tore away the right hand nose-gun installation and injured the bombardier in the head and shoulder. A fourth 20 mm shell entered the cabin roof and severed the rudder cables to one side of the rudder. A sixth 20 mm cannon shell exploded in the #3 engine, destroying all engine controls. The engine caught fire and lost its power, but the fire eventually died out. Confronted with structural damage, partial loss of control, fire in the air and serious injuries to personnel, and faced with fresh waves of fighters still rising to the attack, Major Cleven had every justification for abandoning ship. His crew, some of them comparatively inexperienced youngsters, were preparing to bail out, since no other course appeared open. The Co-Pilot pleaded repeatedly with Major Cleven to abandon ship. Major Cleven's reply at this critical juncture, although the odds were overwhelmingly against him, was as follows, " You son of a bitch, you sit there and take it. " These strong words were heard over the inter-phone and had a magical effect on the crew. They stuck to their guns. The airplane continued to the target, bombed it and reached base in North Africa. Major Cleven's actions were far above and beyond the call of duty and the skill, courage and strength of will displayed by him as airplane and squadron commander in the face of hopeless odds have seldom, if ever, been surpassed in the annals of the Army Air Forces. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Cleven on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1943)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, 4@ Air Medals


COBB, JAMES B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James B. Cobb, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 23 August 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Cobb on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)


COCKRIEL, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James R. Cockriel, Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Crewman on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 700th Bombardment Squadron, 445th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from April to September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Cockriel throughout this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-European Theater, General Orders No. 22 (1947)


*COLEMAN, CARLYLE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Carlyle Coleman (0-417195), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 31st Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 10 December 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Coleman on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 6 (1943)
Home Town: Wayne County, Michigan
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart


COLEMAN, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William F. Coleman, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 9 April 1942 through 19 May 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Coleman during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 23 (1942)


*COLLETT, HOWARD G. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard G. Collett (31144058), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Right Waist Gunner of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 529th Bombardment Squadron, 380th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force (Attached to RAAF), while participating in a bombing mission on 26 October 1943, against enemy Japanese targets east of Timor in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Collett on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 12 (1944)
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


COLLINS, JAMES F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Collins, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Captain Collins led a provisional flight of medium bombardment airplanes to seek out and attack a large Japanese Naval Force. Upon sighting the enemy fleet, he unswervingly led his airplanes into action. Subjected immediately to an exceptionally strong fighter attack with which he had a running gun fight for almost thirty minutes, it was only by skillful handling of his airplane that he was able to avoid this and subsequent anti-aircraft fire and keep the formation together. Arriving before other Army forces, he carried out the first torpedo attack ever entered into by airplanes of this type or by the Army Air Forces, and its ultimate success primarily depended upon the skill and intrepidity of the leader. Captain Collins sought out a large enemy aircraft carrier protected on all sides by gunfire of all types from enemy battleships, cruisers and destroyers. Although the carrier was trying to elude his approach, he did, by evasive maneuvering, avoid the gunfire and completed his approach. By his superior leadership Captain Collins carried out a most hazardous mission under the most adverse conditions and was unfaltering in his courage. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Collins on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 117 (1942)


COLTHARP, CHESTER A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chester A. Coltharp, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Bomber in the 498th Bombardment Squadron, 345th Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a rescue mission on 15 February 1944, at Kavieng Harbor, New Ireland, Bismarck Sea. After a B- 25 was shot down over Kavieng Harbor, Major Coltharp remained in the hostile area to monitor the condition of the crew and communicate their position to Lieutenant Nathan Gordon, Pilot of a Catalina Patrol Plane, in order to effect their rescue. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Coltharp on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 28 (1944)
Home Town: Newport, Arkansas


COMPTON, KEITH K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Keith K. Compton, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. Colonel Compton flew the lead airplane of the entire force of American heavy bombardment aircraft that attacked Ploesti on 1 August, 1943. In this operation, one of the longest mass bombing flights and one of the most daring low-level attacks in aviation history, Colonel Compton coolly and courageously maneuvered his force at tree-top level and in the face of blazing anti-aircraft fire and balloon barrages to a position from which it could bomb the target successfully. Colonel Compton's action in this perilous situation was one of utmost heroism and superb airmanship. His personal courage and devotion to duty have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 81 (1943)


CONGER, PAUL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul A. Conger (0-661193), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 December 1943. On this date Captain Conger shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Conger's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 26 (1944)


CONNICK, ARDEN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arden D. Connick, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer on an A-26 Medium Bomber in the 643d Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group (L), NINTH Air Force, while participating in an air mission on 23 January 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Connick on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)


*CORL, GEORGE P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George P. Corl (19072435), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Crewman on a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 34th Bombardment Squadron, 17th Bombardment Group (M), TWELFTH Air Force, while participating in an air mission on 11 July 1943, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Corl on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 17 (1944)
Home Town: Morrill County, Nebraska
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 3@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


*CORSETTI, JOHN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John Corsetti (0-696556), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 17 September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Corsetti on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 21 (1945)
Home Town: Ossining, New York


COX, LEONARD L. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leonard L. Cox (0-422385), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 May 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Cox on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 67 (1943)
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, 5@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


*COX, RAY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ray L. Cox (0-380226), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in an air mission on 8 December 1941, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Cox on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Wilbarger County, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart


CRAGG, EDWARD (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward Cragg (0-421769), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-39 Fighter Airplane in the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 21 August 1943, in the Southwest Pacific theater of Operations. Major Cragg's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 54 (1943)
Home Town: Fairfield County, Connecticut
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star (WWII), 5@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 7@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


CRANDALL, DONALD O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald O. Crandall, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission in World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Crandall have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 72 (1943)


CRENSHAW, CLAUDE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Claude J. Crenshaw (0-692895), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 21 November 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Crenshaw shot down four enemy airplanes in a single mission. Captain Crenshaw's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)


CRIMMINS, FRED T., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Fred T. Crimmins, Jr., First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat while serving with the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1941, at Clark Field in the Philippine Islands. During the Japanese bombardment of Clark Field on this date, First Lieutenant Crimmins was severely wounded in a valiant but vain attempt to save a B-17 from destruction on the ground. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Crimmins on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)


CROSBIE, MAURICE GORDON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Maurice Gordon Crosbie, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 390th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 4 February 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Crosbie was piloting his airplane on a bombardment mission against strongly defended military objectives deep in enemy territory. Vicious fighter opposition and intense antiaircraft fire was encountered and just before reaching the objective Lieutenant Crosbie was hit by a heavy shell fragment which tore away the upper left side of his face and his left eye. Lieutenant Crosbie turned over manual control of the airplane to his Co-Pilot, but remained in his seat and in command of the airplane. Disregarding his critical and agonizing wound, he directed the crew in its battle with enemy fighters on to the target and throughout the bombing run. The heroism displayed by Lieutenant Crosbie under extremely adverse conditions upholds the highest traditions of the Army Air Force and reflects highest credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)
Born: March 22, 1919 at Biddeford, Maine
Home Town: Biddeford, Maine


CULLERTON, WILLIAM J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Cullerton (0-706360), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 357th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 November 1944. On this date Lieutenant Cullerton shot down two enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Cullerton's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 34 (1945)
Born: January 1, 1923 at Chicago, Illinois


CURTIS, ROBERT C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert C. Curtis (0-424716), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 2d Fighter Squadron, 52d Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 July 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Curtis shot down three German ME-109 fighter aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Curtis' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 50 (1944)
Home Town: Niagara Falls, New York


*CZECHOWSKI, CHESTER M. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Chester M. Czechowski (6915712), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Crewman on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 6 and 7 August 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Czechowski on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 34 (September 15, 1942)
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois

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