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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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*DADSON, PAT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Pat J. Dadson (17127805), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 817th Bombardment Squadron, 483d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 July 1944, against enemy ground targets at Memmigen, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Dadson 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. 104 (1945)
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


DAHLBERG, KENNETH H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth H. Dahlberg (0-733838), 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 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 19 December 1944, over Germany. On that date, Captain Dahlberg was serving as flight commander during an armed reconnaissance mission near Trier, Germany, when a formation of more than ninety enemy fighters was observed. Despite the enemy's vast numerical superiority, Captain Dahlberg led his eight-ship flight in a direct attack upon the hostile force. Although his wingman was forced to break combat, Captain Dahlberg relentlessly attacked the enemy, destroying four of their aircraft and damaging another. The extraordinary heroism and determination of this officer to destroy the enemy are in 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.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Born: at St. Paul, Minnesota
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota


DALE, JACK D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack D. Dale (0-401140), 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 10 December 1941 in the Southwest Pacific Area. Second Lieutenant Dale'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. 48 (1941)


DALLAS, FREDERICK W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick W. Dallas, Jr., Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission in January 1943, in the North African Theater of Operations. Captain Dallas' 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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 24 (1943)


*DALTON, MALCOLM C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Malcolm C. Dalton (36264953), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on 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. 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 Dalton 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, and, despite the fact that gasoline was streaming from one of its damaged fuel tanks, continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Dalton, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast by his guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Dalton 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. 89 (1943)
Home Town: Richland County, Wisconsin


DANIELL, J. S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to J. S. Daniell (0-697008), 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 505th Fighter Squadron, 339th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 November 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Daniell became an ACE in a day by shooting down five German FW-190s in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Daniell'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)


DANVER, EDISON K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edison K. Danver, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while participating in an air mission on 17 May 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Danver 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. 48 (1943)


DAVIES, JOHN HUBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Hubert Davies, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commander of a flight of three B-17 Heavy Bombers of the 3d Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, engaged in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. Lieutenant Colonel Davies' force participated in a daring four-day mission under the overall command of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, who led a 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 Lieutenant Colonel Davies' 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 gallant leadership, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Davies 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)
Home Town: Piedmont, California


DAVIS, CLAYTON E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clayton E. Davis (0-666887), 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 487th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 May 1944. On this date Captain Curtis shot down three enemy aircraft and assisted downing a fourth. Captain Davis' 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. 44 (1944)


DAVIS, ROBERT R. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert R. Davis (6569665), Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 21st Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1941 in the Southwest Pacific Area. Private First Class Davis' unquestionable valor 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: Spokane, Washington
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, 2@ Purple Hearts


DAVIS, ROBERT T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert T. Davis (0-556923), 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 Catalina Aircraft with the 2d Emergency Rescue Squadron (PBY), 5230th Composite Rescue Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 8 April 1945, near Tarakan, Borneo. On that date, Lieutenant Davis was dispatched to search for the surviving crew members of a bomber reported down in enemy-held territory. Notified that a dinghy had been sighted near Tarakan Airstrip, he approached the area and as he prepared to land the enemy opened intense anti-aircraft and machine gun fire, seriously injuring two of the crew and damaging his plane and controls. Despite the damage to his aircraft and the continued enemy fire, Lieutenant Davis, taking evasive action, landed on the water under heavy fire and rescued all six survivors of the downed bomber. Still under fire he took off for the nearest base to obtain medical aid for the wounded. The gallantry and courage displayed by Lieutenant Davis in disregarding his own safety to rescue his fellow airmen exemplifies the highest traditions of the armed forces and reflects great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 54 (July 16, 1945)
Home Town: Vancouver, B.C., Canada


DAWKINS, CECIL H. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cecil H. Dawkins, Second 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 21 September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Dawkins' 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. 9 (1945)


DEAL, JAMES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Deal, 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-17 Heavy Bomber, while participating in a bombing mission on 24 June 1944, against enemy targets in in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Deal 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. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio


*DECKER, RICHARD C. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard C. Decker (17017220), 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 Decker displayed extraordinary heroism during a torpedo bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. The success of the mission was dependent 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 Decker was aerial engineer and gunner, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Decker 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: Pottawattamie County, Iowa


DEGENARO, AUGUST V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to August V. DeGenaro (0-79281), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 82d Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 14 July 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. While escorting bombers which attacked an airfield at Amiens, Second Lieutenant DeGenaro destroyed two FW-190s and damaged another. During combat, however, he was severely injured in both hands, his right knee and both ankles. Because of his injuries, he had to fly his Thunderbolt with his forearms. His instruments were shot out, his right aileron was gone, his right wing was badly shot up, and his tail surfaces were damaged. Although barely able to maneuver the plane, he found the English Channel and headed across, ducking into low clouds to evade three pursuing FW-190s which followed him almost to the British coast. He had planned on making a crash landing, but after crossing the coast he discovered his safety belt was unfastened (he had unhooked it in combat) and was unable to fasten it again because of his wounds. Realizing that baling out over land would mean his aircraft would crash into a coastal town, he headed out to sea again, baling out in view of a fishing boat which then rescued him. With great courage Lieutenant DeGenaro risked drowning rather than let his plane crash into a town. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant DeGenaro 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. 58 (1943)


DELLO-BUONO, THOMAS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas J. Dello-Buono, 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 on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 360th Bombardment Squadron, 303d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 13 April 1944, against enemy ground targets at Schweinfurt, Germany. Before his plane reached the target it was viciously attacked by enemy fighters, and Lieutenant Dello-Buono was seriously injured by a 20-mm. shell which exploded on contact with his flak suit. Despite the seriousness of his wounds, Lieutenant Dello-Buono manned his nose guns until the target was reached, and then dropped his bombs squarely in the group's pattern. He then returned to his guns and, ignoring his pain and the danger of frostbite from the cold air blasting through the nose, refused to leave his post until fighter attacks had ceased and the enemy coast had been passed on the way home. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Dello-Buono 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. 43 (1944)
Home Town: New York, New York


DENT, ELLIOTT ESTILL, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Elliott Estill Dent, Jr. (0-794924), 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 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 1 November 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Captain Dent shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Dent'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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 49 (1945)
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama


DIEHL, JOHN H., JR.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John H. Diehl, 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 68th 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 Diehl flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and despite the death of one of his gunners continued on until he brought his crew safely back to base. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Diehl 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)

DIEHL, JOHN H., JR.
(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 John H. Diehl, 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-25 Bomber, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy targets during World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Diehl 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.
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


DILLMAN, FORREST E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Forrest E. Dillman, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Gunner 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. Technical Sergeant Dillman 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. Technical Sergeant Dillman showed admirable skill and determined courage on this voluntary mission, which secured information of great value in subsequent operations. 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. 66 (1943)


*DINN, WALLACE S. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Wallace S. Dinn (0-431949), 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 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces from 7 October 1942 through 5 January 1943. During this period Lieutenant Dinn became the first American to capture a Japanese ZERO pilot since the Battle for Guadalcanal. First Lieutenant Dinn'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 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Corpus Christi, Texas


DIXON, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Dixon, 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 14 February 1945. Captain Dixon'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 in Europe, General Orders No. 134 (1945)


*DOHERTY, WILLIAM K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William K. Doherty (0-411462), 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 750th Bombardment Squadron, 457th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 February 1945, against enemy targets in in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Doherty 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.
Authority: ABMC
Home Town: Pierce County, Washington
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 5@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


DOLK, CARL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl E. Dolk, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while during and aerial Photo Reconnaissance mission in July 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Dolk 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: Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 62 (1944)


DONALDSON, I. B. JACK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to I. B. Jack Donaldson (0-424927), 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 21st Pursuit Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in February 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Area. Second Lieutenant Donaldson'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. 19 (1942)


DONEGAN, JOHN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John M. Donegan, First 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-25 Heavy Bomber in the 38th Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 August 1943, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. On that date, Lieutenant Donegan's bomber was badly damaged in an engagement with the enemy, forcing the crew to abandon it in the air. One of the navigators, upon discovering that his parachute had its cover torn, discarded it and strapped himself to co- pilot John Donegan's chute with two trouser belts. When Lieutenant Donegan's chute deployed, the navigator's weight tore the belts and he fell to his death. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Donegan in his valiant effort to save the life of a comrade 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. 72 (1943)
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


DORWART, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Dorwart, 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-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 First Lieutenant Dorwart'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. 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. The Pilot ordered the removal of all possible gear and the pilot, after approximately an hour's effort, was able to gain an altitude of 800 feet. When a water landing of the disabled airplane was necessitated, all of the 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. Second Lieutenant Dorwart'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 Second Lieutenant Dorwart 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: Seattle, Washington


DOUGLAS, PAUL P., JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul P. Douglas, Jr. (0-432187), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 396th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 October 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas was returning to base as leader of a squadron of fighter aircraft with his supply of gasoline almost exhausted, when a formation of more than 20 enemy aircraft carrying bombs was observed. Completely disregarding the odds against him, he ordered all but five of his aircraft to return to base, and with this small number unhesitatingly attacked the enemy formation with such ferocity that they were forced to jettison their bombs directly over the city of Coblenz and take evasive action. In the ensuing combat, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas relentlessly pursued the enemy, destroyed three of his aircraft and damaged a fourth. His own plane was continually under attack and sustained many hits. He was painfully wounded and his airplane's right wing was set on fire, yet he managed to return to base. The extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas on this occasion are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces 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. 13 (1945)

DOUGLAS, PAUL P., JR.
(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 Paul P. Douglas, Jr., 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 396th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 14 March 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, for the second time in less than six months, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas shot down THREE enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Lieutenant Colonel Douglas' 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: 1919 at Paragould, Arkansas
Home Town: Paragould, Arkansas
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII), 3@ Silver Stars, 2@ Legion of Merit, 3@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 38@ Air Medals, 2@ Purple Hearts


DREGNE, IRWIN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Irwin H. Dregne (0-431399), 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 and Commanding Officer of the 357th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Colonel Dregne'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)
Home Town: Viroqua, Wisconsin


DRIER, WILLIAM C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William C. Drier (0-736155), 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-40 Fighter Airplane in the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 24 November 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Area. Two weeks earlier on November 2, Captain Drier shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission. On this date he again claimed three aerial victories in a single day, making him an ACE. Captain Drier'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. 99 (1945)


DUBISHER, FRANCIS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis E. Dubisher (0-1699047), 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 41st Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 15 August 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Captain Dubisher shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Dubisher'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. 82 (1943)


*DUFRANE, JOHN L., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John L. Dufrane, Jr. (0-22810), 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 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 16 January 1942, over Java. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Dufrane on this occasion 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: Santa Clara, California


*DUNAGAN, SIDNEY WARD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sidney Ward Dunagan (0-525079), 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 Troop Carrier Airplane in the 50th Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Group, NINTH Air Force, while transporting Allied ground forces on 6 June 1944, during the initial invasion of Normandy, France. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Dunagan 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. 87 (1944)
Home Town: Idaho
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


*DUNAWAY, JOHN S. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John S. Dunaway (0-731957), 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-39 Fighter Airplane in the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 6 November 1944 in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Lieutenant Dunaway shot down four enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Dunaway'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. 82 (1945)
Home Town: Siskiyou, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 6@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


DUNCAN, DANIEL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel D. Duncan (0-1996004), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 410th Fighter Squadron, 373d Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 April 1945. On this date Lieutenant Duncan shot down four enemy airplanes in a single engagement. Second Lieutenant Duncan'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. 69 (1945)


DUNCAN, GLEN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glen E. Duncan (0-398671), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 November 1943. On this date Major Duncan destroyed two enemy airplanes in aerial combat. Major Duncan'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. 2 (1944)
Home Town: Houston, Texas


DUNHAM, WILLIAM D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William D. Dunham (0-432289), 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 460th Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 December 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Major Dunham shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Major Dunham'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. 28 (1945)
Born: at Tacoma, Washington
Home Town: Nez Perce, Idaho


DUNN, EDWARD BARLOW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward Barlow Dunn, 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-26 Medium Bomber in the 391st Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 2 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Dunn 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. 24 (1945)
Born: April 8, 1922 at Flandrau, South Dakota
Home Town: Flandrau, South Dakota


DUNN, JACK DEVORE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack DeVore Dunn, 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. Sergeant Dunn participated in an extremely hazardous and difficult torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. He displayed extraordinary heroism throughout the attack in fighting off many enemy fighters during and after the attack. By his skilled airmanship and courageousness he materially aided 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 Sergeant Dunn 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)
Home Town: Monktoo, Maryland


DUNN, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Dunn, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the TWENTIETH Air Force, while engaged in an air Mission during World War II. Captain Dunn's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of Department Commander, Twentieth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 59 (1945)


DURAND, EDWARD D. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward D. Durand (0-417205), 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 35th Pursuit 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. Second Lieutenant Durand'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. 29 (1943)
Born: February 4, 1918 at Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Home Town: Stevens Point, Wisconsin


*DURAND, FREDERICK W. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frederick W. Durand (16021949), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner on 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 Durand 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 Durand, 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 Durand 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: Gile, Wisconsin
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 3@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


DUVAL, JESSIE B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jessie B. Duval, 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-17 Heavy Bomber in the 366th Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 19 May 1943, against enemy ground targets in in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Duval 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. 48 (1943)
Home Town: Abilene, Texas


DYER, FRED W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Fred W. Dyer, 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-25 Medium Bomber in the 489th Bombardment Squadron, 340th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 July 1943, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Dyer 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: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 84 (1943)
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


DYESS, WILLIAM EDWIN (POW-DNB)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Edwin Dyess (0-22526), 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-40 Fighter Airplane in the 21st Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy Japanese surface vessels on 2 March 1942, over Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. On this date Captain Dyess hung a 500-pound bomb with a jury-rigged bomb release on a P-40 and, with three other pilots, bombed and strafed Japanese shipping in Subic Bay. Three times that day he braved heavy flak, destroying or damaging several small vessels, warehouses, and supply dumps. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Dyess 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: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 39 (1942)

DYESS, WILLIAM EDWIN (POW-DNB)
(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 William Edwin Dyess (0-22526), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Philippine Guerilla Forces during the period 4 April 1943 through 20 July 1944. Major Dyess 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 after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. The ten men evaded their captors for days until connecting with Filipino Guerillas under Wendell Fertig. The officers remained with the guerillas for weeks, obtaining vital information which they carried with them when they were subsequently evacuated by American submarines. Their escape was the only mass escape from a Japanese prison camp during the war. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Dyess during 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. 46 (1943)
Born: August 9, 1916 at Albany, Texas
Home Town: Albany, Texas
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)

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EAGLESTON, GLEN T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glen T. Eagleston (0-730417), 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 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 29 October 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Eagleston shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission. Captain Eagleston'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. 13 (1945)
Home Town: Alhambra, California


EARECKSON, WILLIAM O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William O. Eareckson, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat while serving as Pilot of a B-26 Medium Bomber and as Commander, Bomber Command, ELEVENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy Japanese surface targets during the period 3 to 18 June 1942, in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska. On that date, Japanese carrier planes attacked ill-prepared Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island. Colonel Eareckson led a flight of B-26s through impossible weather in an attempt to find and attack the Japanese fleet with torpedoes, which he had scrounged from the Navy. After two relatively unsuccessful attacks, the enemy fleet withdrew and occupied Attu and Kiska Islands at the western end of the Aleutian chain. Colonel Eareckson's bombers attacked enemy island bases and shipping whenever fog and gale-force winds permitted. Colonel Eareckson earned the respect and devotion of his men by flying in every position--from left-seater to tailgunner. The Aleutian campaign ended with the Japanese evacuation of Kiska in August 1943. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Eareckson during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 11th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Alaska Defense Command, General Orders No. 61 (1942)
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Navy Cross (WWII)


EATON, FREDERICK C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick C. Eaton, Jr., 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 in the 301st Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission during World War II against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Eaton on this occasion 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-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 54 (1944)
Born: July 15, 1917 at Scarsdale, New York
Home Town: Scarsdale, New York


ECKRICH, JAMES F. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Eckrich, 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 450th Bombardment Squadron, 322d Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 23 December 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Eckrich 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: Neenah, Wisconsin


*EDEBURN, HARRY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harry E. Edeburn (T-060794), Flight Officer, 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 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Flight Officer Edeburn 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. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Brookville, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart


ELAM, DANIEL F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Daniel F. Elam (0-360218), 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 C-47 Troop Carrier Airplane in the 53d Troop Carrier Wing, NINTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces during a paratroop drop over Holland on 17 September 1944. With the left engine of his plane on fire, the tail structure partially shot away, and the entire left side of the plane in flames, Major Elam continued in formation. The fire had spread rapidly by the time the drop zone had been reached. After the paratroopers had jumped, the major ordered his crew to bail out. The plane nosed into a wooded area on a crash-land attempt and exploded. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Elam 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. 4 (1945)
Home Town: Duncan, Oklahoma


ELLIS, LEWIS N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lewis N. Ellis, 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 567th 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, First Lieutenant Ellis 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 First Lieutenant Ellis 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)
Born: at Tennessee Home Town: Chattanooga, Tennessee


ELLIS, RICHARD HASTINGS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard Hastings Ellis, 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 A-20 Bomber in the 3d Bombardment Group (L), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 April 1945, against enemy surface targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. On that date, Lieutenant Colonel Ellis was the lead pilot of a flight of three A-20 type planes en route to rendezvous with eighteen B-25's for a strike on an enemy convoy comprising of one transport and five warships. A rendezvous was made with the fighter cover provided, but the B-25's, unable to locate the convoy, did not appear. Though faced with heavy odds and lacking sufficient planes to keep the warships engaged, Colonel Ellis ordered the attack. Coming in through intense anti-aircraft fire, he flew directly over the leading warship, attacked the transport at minimum altitude, and sank it with two direct hits. During this action his two wingmen attacked and scored a near miss on a flanking vessel. In this flight, possibly the longest ever made by A-20 aircraft, Colonel Ellis accomplished his mission without losses. Through his gallant and intrepid actions in the face of grave danger, he personally sank a vessel carrying troops of the enemy. The gallantry and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Ellis 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. 125 (1945)
Born: July 19, 1919 at Laurel, Delaware
Home Town: Wilmington, Delaware
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Army Distinguished Service Medals, Silver Star (WWII)


EMBREE, HOY DEAN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hoy Dean Embree, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Ball Turret Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber of the 511th Bombardment Squadron, 351st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 May 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Embree 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. 48 (1943)
Born: July 16, 1921 at Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Home Town: Pomona, Missouri


*EMERSON, ELWOOD R. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elwood R. Emerson (0-2043683), 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 of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 566th 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, Second Lieutenant Emerson 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, Lieutenant Emerson, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at his station to accurately drop his bombs. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Emerson 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. 89 (1943)
Home Town: Langlade County, Wisconsin


EMMER, WALLACE N. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wallace N. Emmer (0-730422), 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 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 July 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this day Captain Emmer destroyed two enemy aircraft and assisted in destruction of a third. Captain Emmer'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. 69 (1944)
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


ENDRES, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Endres, Private, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 194, in the Philippine Islands. Private Endres' 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. 48 (1941)


ENGEL, RUSSEL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Russel W. Engel, 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 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Engel 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)


ENGLAND, GEORGE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George H. England, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Officer of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 489th Bombardment Squadron, 340th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant England 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-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 52 (1944)


ENT, UZAL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Uzal G. Ent, Brigadier General (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Mission Commander for a force of B-24 Heavy Bombers of the NINTH Air Force, engaged in in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. Brigadier General Ent as overall mission commander for this raid, flew with Colonel Keith Compton (376th Bombardment Group (H)), in 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, General Ent coolly and courageously directed 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. Brigadier General Ent'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)
Home Town: Northumberland, Pennsylvania


ERICKSON, IRVING A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Irving A. Erickson (0-431956), 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 Fighter Airplane in the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Southwest Pacific Area, during World War II. Second Lieutenant Erickson'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)


EVANS, JOHN G. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John G. Evans (0-413639), 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 Ck-47 Troop Carrier Aircraft in the 94th Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group, NINTH Air Force, in action against the enemy in November 1942, in North Africa. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Evans 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.
Allied Force Headquarters: General Orders No. 8 (1943)
Home Town: King County, Washington
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart


EXON, ARTHUR E. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur E. Exon (0-666908), 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 Fighter Airplane in the 64th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, during World War II. Major Exon'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. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Geddes, South Dakota

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FAIRES, GEORGE D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George D. Faires, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 16 September 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Faires 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. 96 (1943)


FALLETTA, CHARLIE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charlie Falletta, 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 Fighter Airplane in the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 3 May 1942. Second Lieutenant Falletta'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: Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 113 (1944)


FEGAN, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert W. Fegan, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Waist Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 524th Bombardment Squadron, 379th Bombardment Group (H), 8th Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 12 August 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. During a bombing mission over Gelsenkirchen, Germany, although wounded by enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Fegan remained faithfully at this guns to defend his airplane. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Fegan 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. 76 (1943)


FERGUSON, WILLIAM H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Ferguson, Jr., 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 aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 December 1944, in the European Theater of Action. First Lieutenant Ferguson'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. 29 (1945)


FIELDS, VIRGIL C., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Virgil C. Fields, Jr. (0-727434), 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 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, TWELFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces during World War II. Major Fields' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces, General Orders No. 29 (1944)
Home Town: Ventura, California


FLETCHER, LEO C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leo C. Fletcher (0-683985), 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 757th Bombardment Squadron, 459th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 13 June 1944, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On this date, First Lieutenant Fletcher was participating in a highly important bombing mission over Munich, Germany. Immediately after crossing a high mountain range, one engine of Lieutenant Fletcher's aircraft became inoperative, thus subjecting his aircraft to a serious loss of power. Despite this handicap, he elected to remain with the formation and continued on to the target. The aircraft sustained many hits from aggressive attacks of enemy fighter aircraft and unusually intense anti-aircraft fire. Lieutenant Fletcher displayed unusual ability in successfully employing evasive action while completing his bombing run. Immediately after bombing the target, another engine became inoperative causing him to lose speed and become separated from the formation. The malfunctions of this engine was corrected but his aircraft was far to the rear of the formation which rendered them more vulnerable to enemy action. The sustained hits of the unusually vicious attacks of enemy fighter aircraft and accurate enemy aircraft fire and the rapidly diminishing fuel supply necessitated landing shortly. An attempt to land on the beach was met with anti-aircraft fire which forced him to fly out to sea. Because of the injuries inflicted on some of the members of the crew, Lieutenant Fletcher decided to crash land in the sea. Although momentarily stunned and injured by the force of the landing, Lieutenant Fletcher escaped from the rapidly sinking aircraft only to find that the co-pilot and navigator were still imprisoned. Fully cognizant of the immediate danger of the aircraft sinking and burdened by his cumbersome flying clothes, Lieutenant Fletcher, unhesitantly, returned to the bottom of the submerged flight deck and succeeded in rescuing these two officers. Lieutenant Fletcher directed first aid and was responsible for the bringing together of the scattered members of the crew into one raft. Upon nearing shore enemy troops opened fire on the raft with light cannon. With characteristic coolness Lieutenant Fletcher swung the raft around and headed again for open sea. During the six hours in the raft Lieutenant Fletcher made no mention of his own wounds and assumed full responsibility for the care and treatment of the others. Lieutenant Fletcher's heroism, gallantry and valor were exemplary and reflect great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 54 (1944)
Home Town: Pampa, Texas


FORREST, NATHAN BEDFORD, III (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nathan Bedford Forrest, III (0-17124), Brigadier General, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Chief of Staff for the SECOND Air Force and an Observer in a B-17 Heavy Bomber of the EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 13 June 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Brigadier General Forrest was lost in action during a bombing attack on the submarine yards of Kiel, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Brigadier General Forrest on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 63 (1943)
Born: April 7,1905 at Memphis, Tennessee
Home Town: Fulton County, Georgia


FORTI, JOSEPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph J. Forti, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Gunner of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 409th Bombardment Squadron, 93d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 March 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Forti 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. 26 (1943)


*FOWLER, GORDON W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gordon W. Fowler (0-428487), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 513th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 24 March 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Fowler'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. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 127 (1945)
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


FOX, EDWARD K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward K. Fox, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber while participating in a bombing mission on 14 October 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Fox 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. 1000 (1943)
Home Town: Defiance, Pennsylvania


FOX, JOSEPH M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph M. Fox, 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 in World War II. First Lieutenant Fox'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-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 56 (1944)


FRAZIER, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James L. Frazier, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner of an American Bomber while participating in a bombing mission on 24 August 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Frazier 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. 96 (1943)


FRENCH, CLIFFORD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clifford E. French, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 535th Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 February 1944, against enemy ground targets at Nancy, France. Technical Sergeant French's ship, "Touch the Button Nell," flown by Lieutenant Henry Putek of Chicago, Illinois, was rocked by an explosion in the cockpit while on the way to target. Although French saw a raging fire in the forward end of the aircraft, and saw the co-pilot, navigator, and bombardier bail out of the stricken ship, he refused to leave because the pilot's parachute had been burned and it was apparent Putek could not get out of the bomber. French fought the fire, suffering severe burns and cuts about the face and neck, and finally succeeded in extinguishing it. Putek got the big ship under control, and French, despite the pain of his burns, assumed the co-pilot's seat in the virtually open cockpit for the remainder of the trip. Through three fighter attacks, constant anti-aircraft fire, Touch the Button Nell made her way back to England with Putek and French in the cockpit and five heroic gunners at their posts. The condition of the Fortress when Putek landed made the trip almost incredible. There were gaping holes all over, the entire nose had been blown away and many of the controls were gone. The heroic actions of Sergeant French, remaining with the plane, undoubtedly saved the life of the pilot and made possible the safe return of the airplane. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant French 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: Athens, Alabama


FRIDGE, BENJAMIN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benjamin W. Fridge, 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 Medium Bomber in the 345th Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 2 November 1942, against enemy surface vessels at Rabaul. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Fridge 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. 74 (1944)
Home Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana


FRIES, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert A. Fries, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Waist Gunner 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. Corporal Fries 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. Major Glober made three passes over the island, one at 2,000 ft., a second at 4,000 ft. and the last at 6,000 ft. On being attacked by six enemy fighter aircraft, Corporal Fries assisted in manning the guns and succeeded in beating off the attack, during which he displayed unusual determination and aggressiveness. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Fries 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)


FRY, ROBERT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert M. Fry, 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 388th Fighter Squadron, 365th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the European Theater of Operations, during World War II. Captain Fry'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. 29 (1945)


FULMER, EDWARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward S. Fulmer, Second 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 18 September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Fulmer'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. 21 (1945)

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GABRESKI, FRANCIS S. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis S. Gabreski (0-406131/4761A), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an 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 26 November 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Gabreski shot down two enemy aircraft, bringing his total to this point in the war to more than 30 victories. Major Gabreski'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. 25 (1944)
Born: at Poland Home Town: Oil City, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Army Distinguished Service Medal


GALLAGHER, ROBERT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Gallagher (0-726367), 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 376th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 23 May 1944, against enemy ground targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On that date, First Lieutenant Gallagher's bomber participated in a mission to bomb enemy troops and supplies at Frascati, Italy. The anti-aircraft fire was both accurate and intense. Lieutenant Gallagher's aircraft received a direct hit underneath the waist windows which traveled upwards and exploded. The entire top of the bomber was blown out from the radio antenna to aft of the waist windows. Two life rafts and several parachutes were blown out by the explosion and several of his men were wounded. Other serious damage was rendered to the bomber. Rather than order the unwounded men, and the men with parachutes, bail out and save their own lives while the wounded, and men who had lost their chutes in the blast remained to go down with the stricken ship, Lieutenant Gallagher chose to press on. Despite the terrible damage inflicted to the bomber, he piloted it out to sea to jettison of his load of bombs and then head his crippled aircraft for Naples. All went well until within sight of the airfield at Naples, when suddenly, the crippled bomber went out of control and crashed to the ground. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Gallagher 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. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 36 (1944)
Home Town: New York, New York


GALLOWAY, PAUL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul E. Galloway, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 366th Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 December 1942, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Galloway 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. 26 (1943)
Born: December 4, 1919 at Shelley, Idaho


GAMBONINI, PAUL B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul B. Gambonini, 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 7 February 1942, during an air mission over Den Pasar Airport, Bali, Netherlands East Indies. When information of the approach of hostile airplanes was received soon after this flight had landed and while the planes were being serviced, the flight leader ordered those planes which had been refilled with gasoline to patrol over the airfield. When the seven planes in the air were attacked by more than three times their number of enemy fighters, Lieutenant Gambonini immediately took off and joined his comrades, although his plane had been only partly refilled. Seeing a fellow pilot in difficulty, he went to his assistance, driving off the attacking enemy plane. He continued the fight until his gasoline supply was exhausted, after which he landed his plane safely. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Gambonini 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. 25 (1942)


GARRIS, BENJAMIN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Benjamin L. Garris, Second 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 16 September 1943, in the North African Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Garris' 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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 151 (1943)


GARRY, WILLIAM J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Garry (0-679856), 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 395th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Garry shot down two enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Garry'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. 24 (1945)


GATTERDAM, RICHARD P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard P. Gatterdam (0-791298), 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 Fighter Airplane in the 20th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the European Theater of Operations, during World War II. Major Gatterdam'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)


GAUSE, DAMON J. (POW-DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Damon J. Gause (0-421599), 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 in the Philippine Islands following the surrender at Bataan. Lieutenant Gause escaped captivity and together with Army Captain William Osborne and, during the period 9 April to 11 October 1942, located a 22-foot sailboat with a diesel engine and tattered sails. With no charts or navigation equipment, and little fuel, the two men sailed south in the ship they named "Ruth-Lee" after their wives. Continuing south, while evading enemy patrols and despite one strafing run by an enemy aircraft, the two men neared Australia where they were picked up and rescued. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Gause 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. 44 (1942)
Home Town: Jefferson, Georgia


*GAUTIER, GEORGE J. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George J. Gautier (0-1699076), 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 412th Fighter Squadron, 373d Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 October 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Captain Gautier'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. 29 (1945)
Home Town: Bergen County, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


GAY, WILLIAM M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William M. Gay, 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 38th Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 August 17, 1943, against enemy ground targets, near Wewak, New Guinea. On that date, Captain Gay was Pilot of one of a formation of medium bombers, which, with fighter escort, had a mission to destroy a concentration of enemy aircraft at Dagua Airdrome. Before the objective was reached, all bombers of the formation except Captain Gay's and two others were forced to turn back because of mechanical difficulty. The fighters then departed to escort another formation. Electing to continue despite reduced number and lack of protection, Captain Gay joined the other two bombers and proceeded to target. In the face of intense antiaircraft and machine gun fire, he made a devastating bombing and strafing attack from minimum altitude, contributing to the destruction of seventeen grounded enemy planes and the damaging of twenty more. Ten to fifteen enemy fighters then intercepted this flight of three, which in a running fight of thirty-seven minutes, shot down two and damaged three of the hostile planes. In voluntarily persisting in this attack despite dangerous odds, Captain Gay showed high courage and made a substantial contribution to the success of the mission. His personal courage and devotion to duty 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. 62 (1943)


*GEISER, ANTHONY W. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Anthony W. Geiser (0-727713), 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 3 November 1943. Captain Geiser'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. 11 (1944)
Home Town: Hamilton County, Ohio


GENTILE, DOMINIC "DON" S.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dominic "Don" S. Gentile (0-885109), 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 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Gentile destroyed three enemy fighters and assisted in destruction of a fourth in a single engagement. Captain Gentile'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. 36 (1944)

GENTILE, DOMINIC "DON" S.
(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 Dominic "Don" S. Gentile (0-885109), 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 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on April 8, 1944. On this date Captain Gentile destroyed three enemy fighters and assisted in destruction of a fourth in a single engagement. Captain Gentile'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)
Born: December 6, 1920 at Piqua, Ohio
Home Town: Piqua, Ohio
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


GERRITS, JAMES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James F. Gerrits, 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-24 Heavy Bomber in the 567th 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, Second Lieutenant Gerrits flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds. When his pilot was killed, Lieutenant Gerrits remained calm at the controls, skillfully maneuvering for an emergency landing in Turkey. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Gerrits 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: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 14 (1951)
Born: at Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Home Town: Oshkosh, Wisconsin


GETTYS, RICHARD O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard O. Gettys, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 326th Bombardment Squadron, 92d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 4 July 1943, against enemy ground targets at Nantes, France. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Gettys 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)


*GIBBS, DAVID R. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to David R. Gibbs (0-017165), 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 30th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese forces on 8 December 194, in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Gibbs 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)
Home Town: Mineola, Missouri
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart


GIBSON, BALFOUR C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Balfour C. Gibson, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator on 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 First Lieutenant Gibson'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. 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. The Pilot ordered the removal of all possible gear and 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, all of the 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. First Lieutenant Gibson'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 First Lieutenant Gibson 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: Berkeley, California


GIES, CARL P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl P. Gies (0-407083), 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 20th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 December 1941, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Second Lieutenant Giles shot down two enemy aircraft. Second Lieutenant Gies' 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. 48 (1941)


*GILLILAND, LEOWN A. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leown A. Gilliland (0-495959), 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 383d Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date as Captain Gilliland shot down two enemy aircraft. Captain Gilliland'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 (1944)
Home Town: Colbert County, Alabama
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


GILPIN, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John A. Gilpin, 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-25 Medium Bomber in the 434th Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 March 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Gilpin 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: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 33 (1943)


GLADES, HARRY V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry V. Glades, Technical Sergeant, 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 in the 451st Bombardment Squadron, 322d Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 3 October 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Glades 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. 24 (1945)


GLASS, WALTER L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter L. Glass, Jr., 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 7 October 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Captain Glass' 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. 9 (1945)


GLOBER, GEORGE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George E. Glober, 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 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. On that date, 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. Major Glober successfully reconnoitered and photographed enemy positions and returned safely to his base. He was attacked by six enemy fighter aircraft and succeeded in shooting down three of them and damaging others. Major Glober's skillful action in emerging from the flight without damage to his airplane or injury to its personnel was commendable. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Glober 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. 147 (1942)


GLOVER, JOHN G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John G. Glover, 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 33d Pursuit Squadron (Provisional), 8th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 19 February 1942, during an air mission near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. On that date, Second Lieutenant Glover was Pilot of one of a flight of ten pursuit airplanes forced by unfavorable weather to turn back from a ferry flight from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies. When the flight arrived at Darwin, and before refueling could be effected, information of the approach of an enemy formation was received. When the approaching enemy, consisting of approximately sixty high-level bombers, thirty-six fighters and eighteen dive-bombers was intercepted, Lieutenant Glover, in spite of the tremendous odds, courageously attacked the enemy formation, inflicting heavy damage, and continued the attack until his airplane was shot down. Second Lieutenant Glover'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. 27 (1942)


GOGOJ, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John J. Gogoj, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Flight 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 forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Staff Sergeant Gogoj participated in an extremely hazardous and difficult torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. He displayed extraordinary heroism during the mission by fighting off enemy fighters and although he incurred painful head wounds during the attack, continued to operate his guns until free of enemy opposition. 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 Staff Sergeant Gogoj 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)


GOLDBERG, HYMAN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hyman M. Goldberg, 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 of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 461st Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 April 1943, against enemy shipping off the coast of Tunisia. On a high altitude bombardment mission, the plane of which Second Lieutenant Goldberg was bombardier was attacked before it reached the target and a 20-mm. cannon shell struck him, exploded and wounded him critically. Unwilling to forsake his mission, he demanded to be lifted to his bomb sight. He found his target, dropped his bombs and effected his mission skillfully with great less loss to enemy ships. On the return journey, he declined personal aid in order that the utmost attention might be given enemy fighters in pursuit. In this action, Lieutenant Goldberg, heroically overcoming pain, suffering and physical weakness due to his wounds, summoned his whole skill and, thoughtless of peril, devoted himself to his single mission. His determined perseverance in important service inspires other soldiers to new effort and merits the highest praise. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Goldberg 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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 37 (1943)
Home Town: Norwich, Connecticut


GOODEN, CLARENCE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Clarence W. Gooden, 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-24 Heavy Bomber in the 343d Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 9 July 1943, against enemy targets in the European theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Gooden 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: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 62 (1943)


GOODSON, JAMES A. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Goodson (0-885241), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Major Goodson was flying fighter escort for a bombing mission to Berlin. He caught up to the Flying Fortresses outside of Madgeburg, just as hordes of German fighters closed in. He dove after a gaggle of Bf-109s, which were focused on the bombers, picked out one target and flamed it. He pulled around to get into the battle, found three of his planes still with him, and almost immediately damaged another 109, forcing it to break off its attack on a Mustang. Again he led his flight back into the action, this time getting behind a lone B-17, always easy prey for the Germans. Goodson got into a turning contest with a 190, but the 190 crept up on him in the turn. In desperation, he dropped a flap, pulling out of the line of fire. The German dove away for the deck, Goody pursued and eventually caught up, but ran out of ammo after a couple short bursts. He broke off and headed for home having shot down two enemy aircraft. Major Goodson'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 (1944)
Born: March 21, 1921 at New York, New York


GOWDER, CHARLES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles F. Gowder, 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 381st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 April 1944, against enemy ground targets in in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Gowder 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. 38 (1944)


GOZAR, JOSE P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jose P. Gozar, Third Lieutenant, 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 Philippine Army Air Corps, attached to the FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 December 1941, in the Philippine Islands. Third Lieutenant Gozar's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Philippine Army Air Corps, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)


GRASHIO, SAMUEL C. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Samuel C. Grashio, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Philippine Guerilla Forces during the period 4 April 1943 through 12 October 1943. Second Lieutenant Grashio 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 after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. The ten men evaded their captors for days until connecting with Filipino Guerillas under Wendell Fertig. The officers remained with the guerillas for weeks, obtaining vital information which they carried with them when they were subsequently evacuated by American submarines. Their escape was the only mass escape from a Japanese prison camp during the war. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Grashio during 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. 76 (1943)
Home Town: Spokane, Washington


GRAY, LEON W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leon W. Gray, Major (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 26 July 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. Major Gray'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 in Europe, General Orders No. 168 (1945)


GREEN, HERSCHEL H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herschel H. Green (0-659696), 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-47 Fighter Airplane in the 317th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 January 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, during World War II. On this date Major Green shot down a total of SIX enemy aircraft in a single day. Major Green'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-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 47 (1944)
Home Town: Hickory, Kentucky


GREENE, GEORGE B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George B. Greene (0-22344), 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, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Southwest Pacific Area, during World War II. First Lieutenant Greene'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)


*GRUNDMANN, HUGH S. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Hugh S. Grundmann (0-394075), 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 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 9 August 1943, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Grundmann 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: Jefferson County, Alabama


*GUILFOIL, WILLIAM K. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William K. Guilfoil (16101069), Staff Sergeant, 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 5 October 1943, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Staff Sergeant Guilfoil'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 Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 9 (1945)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois

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