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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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*HABERLE, FRANK J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank J. Haberle (0-797671), 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 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, TWELFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 January 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On this date, Second Lieutenant Haberle shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Second Lieutenant Haberle's 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-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 22 (1944)
Home Town: Union County, New Jersey


*HAGEMAN, EARL L., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Earl L. Hageman, Jr. (0-417618), 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 30th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 October 1942, against enemy Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Hageman on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 47 (1951)
Home Town: King County, Washington


HAGERSTROM, JAMES P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James P. Hagerstrom (0-727447), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 January 1944, in the Southwest Pacific. On this date First Lieutenant Hagerstrom shot down four enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Hagerstrom'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. 35 (1944)
Born: January 21, 1921 at Waterloo, Iowa
Home Town: Waterloo, Iowa


HAHN, DELBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Delbert H. Hahn, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Hahn flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds. Despite heavy damage, he kept his bomber under control until he could divert to a landing at Sicily, without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hahn on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 81 (1943)
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


HALL, DONALD P.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald P. Hall, 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-25 Medium Bomber in the 3d Bombardment Group (L), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 28 July 1943, against enemy targets in Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Hall 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)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


HALL, DONALD P.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald P. Hall, 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-25 Bomber in the 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group (L), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 17 and 18 August 1943, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Hall 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. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 57 (1945)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


HALL, JACK W. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack W. Hall (0-412108), 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 34th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 January 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date, Second Lieutenant Hall shot down one enemy airplane in aerial combat. Second Lieutenant Hall's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 12 (1942)
Home Town: Larimer County, Colorado


HAMBLETON, ROSCOE L. (DNB)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roscoe L. Hambleton (0-421489), Captain, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 3 May 1942. Captain Hambleton'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 Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 10 (1943)
Home Town: Arlington County, Virginia


HANING, WILLIAM F., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William F. Haning, Jr. (0-428817), 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 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 March 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date First Lieutenant Haning shot down two enemy aircraft in aerial combat. First Lieutenant Haning'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. 45 (1943)
Home Town: Sidney, Iowa


HANSON, ROBERT TAYLOR (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Taylor Hanson (0-388665), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 3d Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 December 1941. On this date, in aerial combat, First Lieutenant Hanson shot down one enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Hanson'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.
Home Town: Alameda, California


HANTMAN, SIDNEY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sidney Hantman, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner and Observer in a B-17 Heavy Bomber of the 322d Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), EIGHTH Air Force, during a bombardment mission over Germany on 9 October 1943. Although he had completed his missions as a pilot and was serving as squadron Operations Officer, First Lieutenant Hantman volunteered to fill a crew vacancy by occupying the tail gunner observer position. Before arriving at the target area, his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and he was struck by an explosive shell which blew off his right arm at the shoulder, and caused a compound fracture of his right leg and inflicted extensive wounds to his right thigh. In total disregard of the pain of his wounds and without regard for the preservation of his life, Lieutenant Hantman remained at his post without first aid or assistance and continued to discharge his duties under enemy attack until he was on the verge of unconsciousness. He then began to work his way forward to obtain someone to take over his post at which time he collapsed from shock and loss of blood. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Hantman 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. 15 (1944)
Home Town: Silver Spring, Maryland


HARDISON, FELIX M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Felix M. Hardison, 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 and Commander of the 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 26 August 1942, near Milne Bay, New Guinea, during a Japanese sea borne assault. Although hampered by extremely adverse weather conditions, Major Hardison sighted the enemy convoy, consisting of two light cruisers, one or two destroyers, and four armed transports, and divided his squadron into three flights to bomb separate targets. The runs were made at an altitude of two thousand feet. One transport was sunk, one cruiser sunk or damaged, and hits were scored on two other vessels. He then directed the flight to return to its base, but as his own bombs had failed to release, he returned alone to the target. In the face of accurate and intense antiaircraft fire, which seriously damaged his plane, he made twelve runs before he succeeded in releasing his bombs on an enemy warship. In this action, Colonel Hardison exhibited high courage and tenacity by dispersing the enemy convoy and forcing its withdrawal, and gained valuable time for Allied forces in the successful defense of this sector. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hardison 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)
Home Town: Springfield, Missouri
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 4@ Silver Stars (WWII)


*HARGIS, WILLIAM D., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William D. Hargis, Jr. (0-429474), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator on a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Lieutenant Hargis 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 Lieutenant Hargis was navigator, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Hargis 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: Haskel City, Oklahoma


HARRIGER, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Harriger (0-420595), 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 in the Southwest Pacific Area during World War II. First Lieutenant Harriger'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)


HARRINGTON, ARCHIBALD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Archibald A. Harrington (0-885992), 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 while attached to the 410th Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on the night of 25 November 1944. While attached to the RCAF to experience night-fighter operations, First Lieutenant Harrington shot down three enemy JU-88s in a single engagement on this night which, when combined with two previous aerial victories, made him an ACE. First Lieutenant Harrington'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. 13 (1945)


*HARRIS, ARIZONA T. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arizona T. Harris (6296272), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Top Turret Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 369th Bombardment Squadron, 306th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 3 January 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Harris 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. 19 (1943)
Home Town: Maricopa County, Arizona
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


HARRISON, EDGAR E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edgar E. Harrison, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission in World War II Staff Sergeant Harrison's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself United States Army Air Forces.


HARRISON, JAMES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James A. Harrison, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 May 1943, against enemy targets at St. Nazaire, France. En route to target the lead group got off-course and turned north before they should have. As a consequence, the two lead groups flew directly across the strongly defended area at Brest. Three of four of their aircraft were lost here. The leader of the 91st Group saw the error in time to make a sharp left turn. This carried our aircraft away from the danger zone before any additional casualties were suffered. However, the turn was so sharp that the Group formation became separated and returned to England in three separate flights. The aircraft of Lieutenant James Baird, flying in the tail-end position, became completely separated from the formation as a result of this maneuver. Seven FW-190s saw Lieutenant Baird's lone aircraft flying toward England, and determined then and there to destroy it. The continued their attacks for approximately 20 minutes. Lieutenant Baird descended to a minimum safe altitude and by good management and still better luck succeeded in getting back to England safely. Four members of his crew were wounded, but they succeeded in destroying three enemy aircraft. Sergeant James A. Harrison manned his guns bravely throughout in defense of his aircraft. 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 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1943)
Home Town: Ridgley, West Virginia


HASCALL, ALVA S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alva S. Hascall, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 January 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Hascall 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. 29 (1942)
Home Town: South Dakota


HASEK, IVAN S., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ivan S. Hasek, Jr. (0-767216), 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 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 March 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Hasek shot down two enemy aircraft in aerial combat. First Lieutenant Hasek'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 Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 135 (1945)


*HASS, FLOYD N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Floyd N. Hass (0-770264), 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 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on December 18, 1944. First Lieutenant Hass' 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 Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 134 (1945)
Home Town: Chadron, Nebraska
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 7@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


HATCH, HERBERT B., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert B. Hatch, Jr. (0-760190), 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 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, during an air mission over Ploesti, Rumania. While escorting Allied bombers in a mission over this vital target, as pilot of a fighter airplane First Lieutenant Hatch shot down FIVE enemy aircraft in a single day. First Lieutenant Hatch's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 38 (1944)
Born: May 23, 1918 at St. Paul, Minnesota
Home Town: Stockton, California


*HAWKE, THOMAS C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas C. Hawke (0-730779), 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 16 July 1943, in the North African Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Hawke'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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 84 (1943)
Home Town: Monmouth County, New Jersey


HAWTHORNE, HARRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry J. Hawthorne, 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 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 2 and 3 March 1943, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hawthorne 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.
War Department, General Orders No. 104 (1946)


HEDLUND, EARL CLIFFORD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Earl Clifford Hedlund (0-362396), 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 79th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 August 1944. Major Hedlund'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. 13 (1945)
Born: July 16, 1916 at Valparaiso, Nebraska
Home Town: Chappell, Nebraska


HEIDGER, LUTHER C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Luther C. Heidger (0-205275), Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Officer with the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Forces, in action against enemy forces on 8 December 1941, in the Philippine Islands. Major Heidger's outstanding accomplishments, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Army.
Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)
Home Town: Fairfield, Connecticut
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart


*HELDER, RONALD L. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Ronald L. Helder (0-740807), 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 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, Second Lieutenant Helder 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, he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Lieutenant Helder, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at the controls. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Helder 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: Santa Clara, California


HELLER, EDWIN L. (POW-KOREAN WAR)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edwin L. Heller (0-797827), 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 386th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 24 April 1944, during an air mission over Germany. On that date, Lieutenant Heller attacked a strongly defended enemy airdrome and destroyed three aircraft. In the attack the flight leader was lost so he set course for home. Spotting another airdrome, he attacked and destroyed two more aircraft. He soon found another air field loaded with enemy aircraft. Although low on fuel and ammunition and still deep in enemy territory, he fearlessly flew into an intense barrage of ground fire and destroyed seven and damaged five aircraft plus many pieces of equipment. First Lieutenant Heller'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. 44 (1944)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


HELMICK, FREDERICK E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick E. Helmick, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 14 October 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Helmick'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: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 15 (1944)


HELMICK, GEORGE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George H. Helmick, 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 January 1945, in the Southwest Pacific Area. Captain Helmick'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 Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 99 (1945)


HENDERSON, IVAN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ivan W. Henderson, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 408th Bombardment Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 28 May 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Henderson 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. 64 (December 28, 1942)
Home Town: Wapato, Washington


HENDRICKS, RANDALL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Randall W. Hendricks (0-441804), 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 397th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 12 June 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Major Hendricks shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Major Hendricks' 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. 48 (1944)


HENEBRY, JOHN PHILIP
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Philip Henebry, 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 3d Bombardment Group (L), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 2 November 1943, against enemy surface targets at Rabaul, in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Henebry 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. 59 (1944)
Home Town: Plainfield, Illinois


*HENRY, MAURICE V. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Maurice V. Henry (37205337), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 544th Bombardment Squadron, 384th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 26 November 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Henry on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 11 (1944)
Home Town: Ravenwood, Missouri
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Air Medal, Purple Heart


*HERLEVIC, FRANK A. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frank A. Herlevic (37108363), 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-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, Technical Sergeant Herlevic 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, Sergeant Herlevic, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Herlevic 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: Ashley County, Arkansas


HERRES, FRANCIS E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Francis E. Herres (0-542753), Flight Officer, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a member of the crew of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 529th Bombardment Squadron, 380th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force (Attached to RAAF), while participating in a bombing mission enemy ground targets during World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Flight Officer Herres 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. 13 (1944)
Home Town: Wisconsin


HERRIOTT, HAROLD T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold T. Herriott, 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 in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. Second Lieutenant Herriott's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 27 (1944)


*HERRON, CHRISTIAN I. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Christian I. Herron (0-406130), 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-26 Medium Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy targets during World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Herron 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. 23 (1942)
Home Town: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Purple Heart


HERRON, EDWIN R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edwin R. Herron (0-804332), 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 551st Bombardment Squadron, 385th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 13 February 13, 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, First Lieutenant Herron was engaged in a mission to attack a No-Ball V-weapon site near Calais. A direct flak hit wounded several crew members and put two engines out of action. Struggling back home, his B-17 was forced to ditch into the Channel and Lieutenant Herron pulled six of his crew from the sinking aircraft. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Herron 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. 29 (1944)
Home Town: Pulaski County, Arkansas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart


HICKS, PAUL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul L. Hicks, Flight Officer, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 17 November 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Flight Officer Hicks' 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. 2 (1945)


HILL, DAVID LEE "TEX"
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to David Lee "Tex" Hill (0-889015), 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 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 October 25, 1942, while performing bomber escort duty over enemy-held territory in the China Theatre. On this date, Major Hill attacked, without hesitation, superior numbers of enemy aircraft that were rising to intercept United States B-24 bombers. Without hesitation, he turned his aircraft on its back for a high-speed dive and placed his aircraft between enemy fighters and the B-24 bombers. With exceptional flying ability, Major Hill forced enemy aircraft to turn from the attack and dive away. With skillful marksmanship, he destroyed one aircraft and severely damaged three others resulting in their probable destruction. Major Hill's leadership, spirit, and extraordinary heroism in action against enemy forces in carrying the attack to the enemy without thought of the odds against himself were an inspiration to all fighter pilots. By his intrepid direction, heroic leadership, and superior professional ability, Major Hill set an inspiring example to his fellow aviators. Major Hill's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with 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: Department of the Army, General Orders 9, (18 November 2005)
Born: July 13, 1915 at Kwangju, Korea
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Silver Star (WWII), Legion of Merit, 4@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2@ Air Medals


HILL, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Hill, 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, in the European Theater of Operations. Captain Hill'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)


HILLEBRAND, MAHLON A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mahlon A. Hillebrand, 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 351st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 29 July 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Hillebrand 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. 87 (1944)


HILLSINGER, LOREN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Loren B. Hillsinger, Lieutenant 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 Air Officer, attached to the H.M.S. CALPE, in action against enemy forces on 19 August 1942, during the Allied Raid on the French port of Dieppe. During bombardment of his vessel by enemy aircraft, Colonel Hillsinger's foot was blown off by the bomb. Despite this severe injury he made his way to the S.C.B., where, though in great pain, he continued to act as aircraft lookout while lying on the deck. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Hillsinger 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. 35 (1942)


*HINZE, FREDERICK S., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Frederick S. Hinze, Jr. (0-728660), 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 529th Bombardment Squadron, 380th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force (Attached to RAAF), while participating in a bombing mission on 26 October 1943, against enemy ground targets off the Island of Tinian. Captain Hinze landed his plane in the water in spite of having his right hand and right side of his face blown off. In managing to land his plane despite his injuries, he saved the lives of six members of his aircraft's crew. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Hinze on this occasion, at the cost of is own life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 13 (1944)
Home Town: Burlingame, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart


HIPPS, WILLIAM G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William G. Hipps, 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 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. Major Hipps and his crew were engaged in a daring four-day mission under the 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 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 Japanese transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hipps 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. 56 (1942)


HIVELY, HOWARD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Howard D. Hively (0-88513), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 July 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, for the second time, Captain Hively shot down THREE enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Hively'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. 73 (1944)


HOAG, CARL L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl L. Hoag, Jr., 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 in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Second Lieutenant Hoag'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. 4 (1945)


HODGE, DEXTER L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dexter L. Hodge, Major (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 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Hodge flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds. Despite heavy enemy fire that that badly damaged his bomber, Major Hodge with great valor and aerial skill kept his ship airborne until it could be diverted for an emergency landing at Malta without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hodge 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)
Born: May 11, 1917 at Pledger, Texas
Home Town: Bryan-College Station, Texas


HODGES, CHARLES WAYNE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles Wayne Hodges, 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 326th Bombardment Squadron, 92d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 June 1944, against enemy ground targets in the vicinity of Hamburg, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Hodges 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. 87 (1944)
Home Town: Sweetwater, Texas


HOENSHELL, CARL C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl C. Hoenshell (0-750592), 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 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, during an air mission over Ploesti, Rumania. First Lieutenant Hoenshell was among forty-eight P-38 pilots who rendezvoused with bombers from the 82nd Fighter Group for a low-level, dive-bombing attack on the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania. While returning from the mission, they were attacked by German fighters. Out of ammunition, First Lieutenant Hoenshell instructed his fellow pilots to hit the deck and make a run for home. The last reported observation stated that Lieutenant Hoenshell drew at least three of the enemy fighters away from the remaining flight. He was credited with shooting down all three enemy fighters before he, himself was lost. First Lieutenant Hoenshell'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 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 37 (1944)
Home Town: Saginaw County, Michigan
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 7@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


*HOEVET, DEAN C. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Dean C. Hoevet (0-22248), 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), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 12 to 14 August 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hoevet 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: Nebraska
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, 2@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


HOFF, THOMAS A. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas A. Hoff (161331240), 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 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 Hoff 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 Hoff, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast by his guns. Staff Sergeant Hoff'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. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Hoff on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)
Born: May 13, 1923 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


HOLBURY, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Holbury, 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 Reconnaissance Airplane in the 10th Photo Reconnaissance Group, NINTH Air Force, while participating in a photographic reconnaissance mission over enemy-controlled territory in the European Theater of Operation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Holbury on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)
Born: at Avon Lake, Ohio
Home Town: Avon, Ohio


HOLLIDAY, ROBERT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert L. Holliday, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator and Ball Turret 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 Holliday 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 Holliday operated the Ball Turret Guns and personally destroyed one enemy airplane. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Holliday 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)
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


HOLSBERG, WILFRED G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wilfred G. Holsberg, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-17 Heavy Bomber, while participating in a bombing mission on 7 March 1944, against enemy ground targets at Tulon. Second Lieutenant Holsberg was critically injured by enemy fighter action while reviving the bombardier in time for him to release the bombs. He then remained consciousness long enough to navigate the aircraft back to a friendly base in Italy where both his legs were amputated below the knees. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Holsberg on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 31 (1944)


HOLUB, ANTHONY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Anthony C. Holub, 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 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, in action against enemy aircraft on 8 December 1941, during the bombardment by Japanese airplanes against an airfield in the Philippine Islands. Technical Sergeant Holub voluntarily manned the guns on the top turret of his grounded plane to return the machine gun fire of attacking enemy aircraft. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Holub 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. 48 (1941)
Born: at Bohemia Home Town: Prineville, Oregon


HOMER, CYRIL F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Cyril F. Homer (0-732248), 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 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 3 April 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date, Captain Homer shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Homer'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. 93 (1944)


HOOVER, JOHN RALPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John Ralph Hoover, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Pilot with the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 8th Reconnaissance Wing, EIGHTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, and from 16 June through 19 June 1944, during aerial photo reconnaissance missions over enemy held territory in the European Theater of Operations. On 6 June 1944, faced with low cloud formations making normal reconnaissance impossible Major Hoover elected to fly at an exceptionally low altitude in order to obtain vital photographs of enemy held territory. On 16 June 1944, he volunteered to fly the first shuttle mission to Russia, and successfully carried out his assignment in spite of hazardous weather conditions which ordinarily would have caused a pilot to return to his base. After departing from Russia, he flew to Italy and completed his flight by returning to England, bringing important photographs of installations deep in enemy territory. The courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Hoover upon these occasions reflect highest credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 69 (1944)
Born: August 7, 1921 at Cresson, Pennsylvania
Home Town: San Mateo, California


*HORTON, ROBERT W. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert W. Horton (0-736522), 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 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, First Lieutenant Horton was Pilot of a B-24 bomber assigned to drop bombs on the refineries. When his plane was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target he remained steadfast in the cockpit and, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, continued his bombing run. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Horton 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: Hamilton County, Ohio


HOUSE, A.T., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to A.T. House, Jr. (0-406351), 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 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 3 March 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Second Lieutenant House shot down two enemy aircraft, which when combined with three earlier aerial victories, made him an ACE. Second Lieutenant House'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)


HOVDE, WILLIAM JOHNSTON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Johnston Hovde (0-25753), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 5 December 1944, during an air mission over Berlin, Germany. On that date Major Hovde was leading three squadrons of P-51s that were escorting B-17s and B-24s to Berlin, Major Hovde's flight circled at 28,000 feet at the initial point for the bomb run. He spotted 80 FW-190s and ME-109s massed to attack the bombers. The Germans did not see him because of the sun, and he and his wingman were able to maneuver behind them. A wild swarming dogfight ensued. When he finally ran out of ammunition, Major Hovde 'hit the deck.' at full throttle with five and one- half victories, becoming an Ace in a single day. Major Hovde's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 24 (1945)
Born: April 4, 1917 at Crookston, Minnesota
Home Town: Crookston, Minnesota


HOWAT, KENNETH W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth W. Howat, 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-17 Heavy Bomber in the 72d Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 February 1943, in an air flight which took off from Guadalcanal. As bombardier for a heavy bomber of a formation of four bombers on a mission to bomb enemy shipping, Lieutenant Howat displayed exceptional courage and bravery in the ensuing action. The formation accomplished it mission obtaining three hits on an enemy transport, shortly thereafter the formation was attacked by approximately thirty Zero fighters. During the battle three of the bombers were shot down. Lieutenant Howat was a wounded in the leg as he operated the machine gun in the nose of the bomber. When again attacked, he crawled back to his gun to fire the last nine rounds of ammunition, shooting down an enemy fighter, although he received additional wounds in his shoulder, elbow and hand. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Howat 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: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 65 (1943)


*HOWELL, JOHN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John J. Howell (0-2071464), 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 May 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Howell'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: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 40 (1943)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


HUBBARD, RONALD D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ronald D. Hubbard, Captain (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-25 Medium Bomber in the 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 11 and 12 April 1942, against enemy Japanese targets Cebu and Davao, Philippine Islands. When the unit to which he was assigned was scheduled to proceed from Australia to the Philippine Islands on bombing missions, Major Hubbard, although so ill from dengue fever that he had been removed from the list of airplane commanders, volunteered and was permitted to make the flight as bombardier in the lead airplane. He completed four bombing missions with signal success, in one of them obtaining a hit on an enemy transport which caused it to capsize. On another mission, he manned the nose machine gun of his plane after completion of the bombing run and shot down a hostile seaplane. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Hubbard on these occasions 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. 47 (1942)


HUDSON, CHARLES S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles S. Hudson, 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-17 Heavy Bomber in the 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 9 October 1943, against enemy ground targets in Germany. During the course of a vicious attack by enemy fighter airplanes, Lieutenant Hudson was wounded in his right shoulder and his left wrist broken by flak fragment. He refused to accept first aid treatment but remained at his post. He continued to fire his machine gun at the attacking fighter airplanes in spite of the excruciating pain and the handicap of his injured arm until further danger from fighter attacks had ceased. After his wounds had been treated, he returned to his post and assisted the navigator and pilot on the return journey. The devotion to duty and heroism displayed by Lieutenant Hudson were an inspiration to his comrades, and his action in remaining at his post in spite of his injuries was largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Hudson 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)
Born: at Wyoming Home Town: Taft, California


*HUFFSTICKLER, BENJAMIN F. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Benjamin F. Huffstickler (14021810), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator and Gunner 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 Huffstickler 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 Sergeant Huffstickler was radioman and gunner, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Huffstickler 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: Gaston County, North Carolina


*HUGHES, CHARLES W. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles W. Hughes (0-427738), 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 Hugh 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 Hughes, 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 Hughes' unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Hamilton County, Ohio


*HULL, CHARLES T. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Charles T. Hull (0-740818), 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 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 Hull was Co-Pilot of a B-24 bomber assigned to drop bombs on the refineries. When his plane was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target he remained steadfast in the cockpit and, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, continued his bombing run. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Hull 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: Whitman County, Washington


HULL, JACK T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack T. Hull, Second Lieutenant (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, in aerial combat against enemy forces during World War II. Second Lieutenant Hull'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. 65 (1945)

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INGELIDO, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Michael J. Ingelido (0-426393), 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 412th Fighter Squadron, 373d Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 31 August 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Ingelido'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. 21 (1945)


INMAN, HAROLD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold R. Inman, 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 Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese aerial forces during a Photo Reconnaissance Mission on 31 July 1942, over Wake Island. Staff Sergeant Inman 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, Staff Sergeant Inman 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 Staff Sergeant Inman 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)


IRONS, JOHN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John P. Irons, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the TWENTIETH Air Force during World War II. Master Sergeant Irons' 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. 25 (1945)

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JACKSON, ROLAND B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roland B. Jackson, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 April 1945, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Jackson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 60 (1945)


*JAMES, JOSEPH H. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Joseph H. James (14037407), Staff 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-26 Medium Bomber in the 440th Bombardment Squadron, 319th Bombardment Group (M), TWELFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 11 July 1943, against enemy targets in the North African Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant James on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 100 (1943)
Home Town: Greenville, South Carolina


JAMISON, ROGER W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roger W. Jamison, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as B-25 of a Medium Bomber in the 82d Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 29 March 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Jamison 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. 49 (1943)
Home Town: Fullerton, California


JERNIGAN, WILLIAM D. J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William D. J. Jernigan (0-422888), 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 830th Bombardment Squadron, 485th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Jernigan 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: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 52 (1944)
Home Town: North Carolina


JEWELL, KENNETH G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Kenneth G. Jewell, 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 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 9 March 1944, against enemy targets in Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Jewell on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)
Home Town: Bedford, Pennsylvania


*JOHNSON, ALBERT LEE (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Albert Lee Johnson (0-417149), 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 44th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 13 February 1943, during an air mission over Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. On this date Captain Johnson shot down one enemy airplane in aerial combat. Captain Johnson'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: Salinas, California


JOHNSON, GERALD R. (DNB)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerald R. Johnson (0-428829), 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 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 15 October 1943, during an air mission in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Major Johnson shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Major Johnson'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. 35 (1944)

JOHNSON, GERALD R. (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 Gerald R. Johnson (0-428829), 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-38 Fighter Airplane in the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 December 1944, during an air mission in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Major Johnson shot down four enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Major Johnson'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. 87 (1945)
Born: July 10, 1919 at Owenton, Kentucky
Home Town: Eugene, Oregon
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


JOHNSON, GERALD W. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Gerald W. Johnson (0-659306), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 August 1943, in the European Theater of Operations On this date, Captain Johnson shot down two enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of a third. Captain Johnson'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. 83 (1943)
Born: July 10, 1919 at Owenton, Kentucky


JOHNSON, ROBERT S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert S. Johnson (0-661217), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 15 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Captain Johnson shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Johnson'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. 28 (1944)
Born: February 21, 1920 at Lawton, Oklahoma
Home Town: Lawton, Oklahoma


JOHNSON, RUSSELL H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Russell H. Johnson, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier and Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Lieutenant Johnson displayed extraordinary heroism during an extremely hazardous and difficult torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. His skill and courageousness in operating his gun in the face of superior fighter opposition and intense anti-aircraft fire 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 Second Lieutenant Johnson 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)


JOHNSON, THERON E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Theron E. Johnson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 March 1943. Staff Sergeant Johnson'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, European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 48 (1943)


*JOHNSON, THOMAS E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Thomas E. Johnson, 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 of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 579th Bombardment Squadron, 392d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 20 December 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, Staff Sergeant Johnson's B-24 Bomber was engaged in an especially hazardous mission to Bremen. Flak had damaged his aircraft severely, knocking out two engines. Over his home base, the other two engines quit. With interphone communication out, the pilot called out for a crash landing. The engineer knew that one of the gunners was caught in the nose of the bomber-a sure death trap on a crash landing. Realizing that the gunner could not have heard the order for a crash landing, Sergeant Johnson crawled into the nose and, without stopping to explain, pulled the gunner out. With precious seconds slipping by as the bomber came closer to the earth, Sergeant Johnson stepped back into the bomb bay and threw the gunner to safely on the flight deck. Sergeant Johnson never escaped from the bomb bay. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Johnson on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 19 (1944)
Home Town: Clinton, Oklahoma


*JOHNSON, WILLIAM H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William H. Johnson (0-746359), 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 while participating in a bombing mission on 13 April 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. When his B-17 was heavily damaged during a bombing mission, First Lieutenant Johnson kept his ship in the air long enough to allow his crew to bail out. He was killed instantly shortly thereafter when his bomber plunged nose-first into a field. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Johnson 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. 43 (1944)
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


JOHNSTON, ROBERT D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert D. Johnston (0-435787), 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 81st Fighter Squadron, 50th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 25 November 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Johnston shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission which, when combined with three earlier victories, made him an ACE. Major Johnston'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: Riverside, California


JOHNSTON, RUBY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ruby E. Johnston, 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 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. First Lieutenant Johnston 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. First Lieutenant Johnston, with multiple wounds about the head so that bleeding interfered with his vision, continued to man his guns until the explosion of a twenty millimeter shell in the nose of the bomber threw him back into the catwalk. He saw that fire had broken out behind the pilot's seat, got to his feet, tore out the burning oxygen bottles, and extinguished the fire bare-handed. 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, First Lieutenant Johnston supervising the navigation despite his injuries. He 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)


JOLLY, HOYT A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hoyt A. Jolly, 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 an Officer on a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 9 April 1942 to 14 May 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Jolly 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. 23 (1942)


JONES, CHARLES T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles T. Jones, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission against enemy forces on 31 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Jones' 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. 24 (1945)


*JONES, CYRIL W., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Cyril W. Jones, Jr. (0-802034), 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 370th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 September 1944, during an air mission over Germany. On this date, in a single engagement, First Lieutenant Jones shot down FOUR enemy aircraft which, when combined with two previous victories, made him an ACE. First Lieutenant Jones' 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. 13 (1945)
Home Town: Athens, Tennessee


JONES, WILLIAM M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William M. Jones, 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 B-17 Bomber in the 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air force, while participating in a bombing mission on 11 June 1943, against enemy ground targets at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Jones 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)


JOYCE, JOHN D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John D. Joyce, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Corporal Joyce, as Gunner of a medium bombardment airplane, displayed extraordinary heroism during an extremely hazardous and difficult torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. By his skill and courageousness in the face of a heavy enemy fighter and anti-aircraft opposition, he aided materially 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 Corporal Joyce 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)


JUCHHEIM, ALWIN M. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alwin M. Juchheim (0-799574), 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 83d Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 April 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Juchheim shot down two enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Juchheim'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. 38 (1944)
Born: February 24, 1922 at Grenada, Mississippi


JUDY, JAMES D. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James D. Judy, 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-127 Heavy Bomber in the 91st Bombardment Group, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 August 1943, against enemy ground in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Judy 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)

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*KASE, LOUIS N. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Louis N. Kase (33059883), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator and Gunner 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, Technical Sergeant Kase 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 Kase, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at his station. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Kase 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: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*KAUFFMANN, ROBERT P. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert P. Kauffmann (33250955), 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-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, Sergeant Kauffmann 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, Sergeant Kauffmann, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Kauffmann 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: Indiana County, Pennsylvania


KEATOR, RANDALL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Randall D. Keator (0-412276), 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 8 December 1941, at Clark Field, Philippine Islands. During the Japanese attack on Clark Airfield, Philippine Islands on this date, Second Lieutenant Keator braved falling bombs and strafing runs to become airborne in his P-40 fighter. He attacked three enemy fighters, shooting down two of them, and becoming the first American fighter pilot to claim a victory in the air war in the Philippine Islands. Second Lieutenant Keator'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)


KEEN, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Keen (0-810513), 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 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 13 May 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Second Lieutenant Keen shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Second Lieutenant Keen'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. 43 (1944)
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


KEGELMAN, CHARLES C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles C. Kegelman, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an A-20 Bomber in the 15th Bombardment Squadron, 27th Bombardment Group (L), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 4 July 1942, against enemy ground targets in Holland. On this date, Captain Kegelman led a squadron of American A-20 bombers in a mission against enemy targets in occupied Holland, the first such American raid of the war. While flying with the element detailed to bomb De Kooy airdrome, Captain Kegelman had his right propeller shot away by flak while in the vicinity of the target. The ground fire also damaged his right wing and started a fire in his right engine. Lieutenant Kegelman's plane lost altitude and actually struck the ground, but he was able to keep it in the air after it bounced back up. Then, as he was preparing to leave the scene as fast as his one good engine would take him, he saw the gunners of a flak tower swinging their guns on him. Turning slightly, he flew directly at the tower and opened fire with the nose guns at close range. Fire from the tower ceased. He then proceeded to fly home at water level. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Kegelman 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. 11 (1942)
Born: at El Reno, Oklahoma
Home Town: El Reno, Oklahoma


KEHOE, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John W. Kehoe, 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 an A-26 Bomber in the 669th Bombardment Squadron, 416th Bombardment Group (L), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 December 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Kehoe 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)
Home Town: Rensselaer, New York


*KELLY, ARTHUR G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Arthur G. Kelly (6389562), 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-25 Medium Bomber in the 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 May 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Kelly on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 43 (1942)
Home Town: Warren County, North Carolina


*KELLY, COLIN P., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Colin P. Kelly, Jr. (0-20811), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 14th Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 10 December 1941, near Aparri, Cagayan, Philippine Islands. With his airplane a focal point of fire from the strong hostile naval forces, Captain Kelly exhibited a high degree of valor and skill in placing three direct hits upon an enemy battleship, resulting in its destruction. En route to his home airfield upon completion of his mission, his airplane was set afire by the attack of two enemy fighters, but Captain Kelly, the last to leave the burning plan was killed in the resulting crash. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Kelly 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: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)
Born: July 11, 1915 at Madison, Florida
Home Town: Madison, Florida


KEMP, WILLIAM J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William J. Kemp (0-682656), 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 375th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 15 August 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Kemp's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)


KENDRICK, GEORGE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George E. Kendrick, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Photographer and 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 Kendrick 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 Kendrick 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)


KENNEY, GEORGE C.
(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 George C. Kenney, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding General of the FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces from 23 July 1942 through 8 January 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Area. Lieutenant General Kenney's gallant leadership and heroic actions are 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. 5 (January 11, 1943)
Born: at Canada Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)


KEOGH, BERNARD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bernard M. Keogh, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. Major Keogh's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 41 (1944)


KERR, WILLIAM M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William M. Kerr (0-662136), 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 397th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Kerr shot down FOUR enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Kerr'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. 37 (1945)


KEY, ALGENE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Algene E. Key, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission in December 1942, against enemy targets in in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Key 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. 5 (1943)


*KIMMEY, DOYLE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Doyle Kimmey (6265447), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 19th Transportation Squadron, 24th Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 December 1941, during the Japanese air attack on Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii. While on duty as an aerial engineer, Sergeant Kimmey voluntarily obtained a submachine gun, took cover under a small truck, and opened fire at the low-flying enemy planes which were bombing and strafing the area. When his supply of ammunition was exhausted Sergeant Kimmey courageously left his shelter during the heavy attack to retrieve an abandoned sub-machine gun with a supply of ammunition and after gaining his former position resumed fire until the truck under which he was taking cover was directly hit by a bomb resulting in his instant death. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Kimmey on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 49 (1942)
Home Town: Angelina County, Texas


KINNARD, CLAIBORNE H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Claiborne H. Kinnard, Jr. (0-383753), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 July 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Lieutenant Colonel Kinnard shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Lieutenant Colonel Kinnard'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. 73 (1944)


KISER, GEORGE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George E. Kiser (0-401180), 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-49 Fighter Airplane in the 17th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 27 April 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date First Lieutenant Kiser shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Kiser'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. 26 (1942)


*KJOSNESS, GUSTAV D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gustav D. Kjosness (0-671372), 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-26 Medium Bomber in the 572d Bombardment Squadron, 391st Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 6 and 8 June 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Kjosness 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. 43 (1944)
Home Town: Spokane, Washington


KLEPINGER, NOLAN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nolan W. Klepinger, 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 374th Bombardment Squadron, 308th Bombardment Group (H), FOURTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 15 October 1944, against enemy surface targets in China Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Klepinger was Bombardier on a lone B-24 type aircraft on a sea sweep along the China Coast when the enemy Naval Task Force was sighted. He held the course straight to the target even thought his plane was subjected to intense enemy gunfire, realizing that to take the normal evasive action in approaching the target might allow the Task Force to successfully complete its assigned mission. Four bomb runs at the low level of four hundred feet resulting in the sinking of a Japanese cruiser and destroyer. Lieutenant Klepinger insisted that only three bombs be use per run in order to enable him to make more runs to the target instead of the dumping of the load on only one run and one vessel. He completed four runs, three more than any other plane could have been expected to make and had performed a tremendous air-sea bombing exploit. The exceptional courage, heroism, cool judgment and bombing skill demonstrated by Lieutenant Klepinger in dropping only three bombs per run in spite of almost certain destruction from enemy anti-aircraft fire reflects the highest credit upon himself and upon the Army Air Force. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Klepinger on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 14th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-China Theater, General Orders No. 39 (1945)


KLETTE, IMMANUEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Immanuel Klette, 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 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 November 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Lieutenant Colonel Klette led the entire Eighth Air Force, a force of 1,291 bombers and 954 fighters, on a raid on oil refineries at Merseburg-Leuna, the most heavily defended target in Germany. In rapidly deteriorating weather, he made an on-the-spot decision to take the bombers down from 27,000 feet to visual bombing weather at 17,000, resulting in the war's most destructive strike on the refineries. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Klette 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.


*KNICKERBOCKER, MALCOLM M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Malcolm M. Knickerbocker (0-747821), 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-25 Medium Bomber in the 396th Bombardment Squadron, 41st Bombardment Group (M), SEVENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 January 1944, against enemy targets in the Marshall Islands. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Knickerbocker 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 7th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 36 (1944)
Home Town: Cortland County, New York


KOENIG, CHARLES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles W. Koenig (0-730528), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 August 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Koenig shot down two enemy aircraft which, with his previous total of 4.5 victories, made him an ACE. First Lieutenant Koenig's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 97 (1944)
Home Town: Oakland, California


KOON, RALPH E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph E. Koon, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 90th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 16 November 1943 through 8 July 8, 1944, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Koon during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 1 (1944)


KOSTERS, ALLEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Allen Kosters (17071233), Technical 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 in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. Technical Sergeant Kosters' 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: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 56 (1944)
Home Town: Sioux County, Iowa


KOVACIK, STEVE H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Steve H. Kovacik, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while participating in a bombing mission on 6 March 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Kovacik 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. 29 (1944)


KRAMER, VERNON J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vernon J. Kramer (0-661333), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 76th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 July 1943, in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations. On that date, First Lieutenant Kramer shot down an enemy airplane. First Lieutenant Kramer's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 99 (1944)


*KRAUSE, JOHN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John E. Krause (0-425089), Major (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-29 Very Heavy Bomber in the XXI Bomber Command, while participating in a bombing mission on 27 December 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Krause 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: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 57 (1950)
Home Town: Elmhurst, Illinois


*KRUG, RICHARD M. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard M. Krug (0-736871), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator on 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 Krug 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 Krug, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at his station. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Krug 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: Cook County, Illinois


KUNKLE, JAMES K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James K. Kunkle (0-763232), 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-38 Fighter Airplane in the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 September 1944, during an air mission over Aachen, Germany. On this date, while flying as rear man in a squadron on an armed reconnaissance mission, Lieutenant Kunkle noticed that his squadron was about to be surprised by a vastly superior force of enemy aircraft. Unable to summon his leader on the radio, he alone unhesitatingly pulled away from his formation and vigorously attacked the enemy, immediately destroying one of his aircraft. In so doing, Lieutenant Kunkle placed himself in a position to be attacked from the rear and above. When this attack materialized, many hits were registered on his aircraft which caught fire burning his face, neck, and hands. Despite his burning plane and the gunfire from enemy planes, Lieutenant Kunkle continued his attack against the vastly superior enemy force and succeeded in destroying a second enemy aircraft, breaking off combat only when forced to parachute to safety when his left fuel tank exploded. Second Lieutenant Kunkle'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)

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LACKNESS, BERDINES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Berdines Lackness, 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-26 Medium Bomber in the 405th Bombardment Squadron, 38th Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 August 1943, against enemy targets near Wewak, New Guinea. Lieutenant Lackness 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 Lieutenant Lackness' 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 numbers and lack of protection, Lieutenant Lackness joined the other two bombers and proceeded to the target. In the face of intense anti-aircraft 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, Lieutenant Lackness showed high courage and made a substantial contribution to the success of the mission. His personal courage and devotion to duty on this occasion 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)


LADISIC, PETER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter Ladisic, 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 744th Bombardment Squadron, 456th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 2 July 1944, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Ladisic 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. 56 (1944)
Home Town: Cokeburg, Pennsylvania


*LAEL, FRANCIS V. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Francis V. Lael (0-667525), 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 723 Bombardment Squadron, 450th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 April 1944, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Lael 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. 15 (1945)
Home Town: Glen Alpine, North Carolina


LaFLEUR, JOSEPH VERBIS (POW-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph Verbis LaFleur, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Chaplain with the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces during the first Japanese attack on a Philippine Island airport on 8 December 1941. Chaplain LaFleur worked among the wounded, removing them to safety, and comforting the dying. First Lieutenant LaFleur's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)
Born: January 24, 1912 at Ville Platte, Louisiana
Home Town: Vermilion Parish, Louisiana


*LAMBERT, JAMES V. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to James V. Lambert (32398109), 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 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, Staff Sergeant Lambert 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 Lambert, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Lambert 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: Corona, New York


*LAND, GEORGE R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George R. Land (0-387374), 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 an A-20 Bomber in the 84th Bombardment Squadron, 47th Bombardment Group (L), TWELFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 March 1943, against enemy targets in the North African Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Land on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 60 (1943)
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


*LANDRY, LARRY D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Larry D. Landry (0-378814), 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 Landry immediately took off and joined his comrades, shooting down one enemy fighter before he was himself shot down in flames. Second Lieutenant Landry's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 25 (1942)
Home Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana


LANNON, LOUIS A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Louis A. Lannon, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy during an air mission on 4 April 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Technical Sergeant Lannon's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 42 (1945)


LARSON, HAROLD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harold B. Larson, 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-25 Heavy Bomber in the 83d Bombardment Squadron, 12th Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 20 March 1943, against enemy targets in in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Larson 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)


LATHAM, JOHN L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John L. Latham, 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 against enemy forces on 14 October 1943, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Captain Latham'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: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 9 (1944)


*LAURAINE, LOYE J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Loye J. Lauraine (0-750628), 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 Heavu Bomber in the 837th Bombardment Squadron, 487th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 November 1945, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, Lieutenant Lauraine's plane had just finished dropping it's bombs on an oil refinery in Merseburgh, Germany, when it was hit by a burst of flak from enemy anti-aircraft guns. With masterful airmanship, he piloted the crippled bomber back to England and ordered his crew to bail out. As Lieutenant Lauraine prepared to bail out, the plane went into a steep dive and was headed toward a densely populated military installation. Instead of jumping out, which he could have done, the he went back to the controls and regained altitude. By his actions Lieutenant Lauraine saved the lives of many on the ground but he lost his own, as the B-17 went into a violent spin and crashed in an open field. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Lauraine on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 37 (1945)
Home Town: Kerrville, Louisiana


LAVEN, GEORGE, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George Laven, Jr. (0-423810), 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 54th Fighter Group, ELEVENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces on 3 September 1942, during an air mission over Kiska Island, Territory of Alaska. Flying over 600 miles over open water, for a period of eight hours, First Lieutenant Laven destroyed a four-engine flying boat, strafed Japanese gun installations and a small boat in the harbor. He, while under heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire, also discovered and reported an unknown submarine net in the Kiska Harbor. First Lieutenant Laven's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 11th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Alaska Defense Command, General Orders No. 118 (1945)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


LEDFORD, JACK C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jack C. Ledford, 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-29 Very Heavy Bomber in the XX Bomber Command, TWENTIETH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 October 1944, against enemy targets in Japan. On this date Captain Ledford was assigned a mission against Omura, Kyushu Island, Japan. Shortly after dropping his bombs Captain Ledford's plane was attacked by Japanese fighters. Captain Ledford was badly wounded, and his flight engineer, Master Sergeant Harry C. Miller, was wounded in the head. Captain Ledford refused medical aid for himself until the engineer had been treated. He handled the engineer's fuel transfer system for nearly an hour until loss of blood forced him to stop. He then accepted aid but declined an opiate to keep his head clear. When the loss of fuel caused abandonment of the ship, Ledford aided the crew in ripping open an extra parachute. The shroud lines were cut off one end on one of them and was attached to the navigator's table, the other to Miller's rip cord. The unconscious engineer was dropped through the nose wheel well. The scheme worked. The static cord grew taut and the parachute blossomed open. Captain Ledford then jumped but delayed opening his chute to be near Miller when he landed. Despite the pilot's effort, Sergeant Miller died shortly after he had been carried to an emergency hospital by Chinese soldiers. Captain Ledford's wounds were treated and several days later he and his crew returned to their western China base. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Ledford on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of Department Commander, Twentieth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 5 (1944)
Born: at Blairsville, Georgia


LeMAY, CURTIS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Curtis E. LeMay, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber and Commander of the 4th Bomb Wing, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 August 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. Although not required by obligation or duty, Colonel LeMay directed a mission over Germany, personally leading 146 B-17 bombers beyond the range of escorting fighters in the Regensburg portion of the Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission of 17 August 1943. In spite of heavy enemy fighter attack and anti-aircraft fire, he led the formation to the target and accomplished the mission. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel LeMay 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. 94 (1943)
Born: at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio


LEVERETTE, WILLIAM LAWRENCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William Lawrence Leverette (0-322014), 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 and Commanding Officer of the 37th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group, TWELFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 9 October 1943, during an air mission in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On that date, Major Leverette led seven P-38s on a mission to protect Royal Navy warships in the Mediterranean Sea. When he sighted a formation of 30 German JU-87 Stuka dive bombers, he sent three of his fighters to fly top cover while he and the other three closed on the Stukas which had a gunner manning a flexible machine gun plus two wing-mounted guns. Major Leverette took out seven of the Stukas while his unit shot down another nine, plus a JU-88. The rest either headed for home or ended up in the sea. Major Leverette's 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-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 151 (1943)
Born: September 5, 1913 at Palatka, Florida


LEVI, NELSON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nelson Levi, 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 11th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 November 1942, against enemy targets in the South Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Levi 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: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 15 (1943)


*LIIMATAINEN, ALVAR A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alvar A. Liimatainen (16020712), 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 93d Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions on 6 and 7 August 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Liimatainen 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: Marquette County, Michigan


LILLIS, JOSEPH D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Joseph D. Lillis, 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 Lillis 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 Lillis 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 Lillis 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)


LINES, TED E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ted E. Lines (0-1168336), 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 335th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, First Lieutenant Lines shot down four enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Lines' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)


LIPSCOMB, PAUL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Paul M. Lipscomb (0-671667), 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 82d Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 January 1945, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On that date First Lieutenant Lipscomb was wing-man for Major William Shomo, assigned together with an armed photographic and stafing mission against the Apari and Laoag airdromes. En route to their objective, Major Shomo observed an enemy twin-engine bomber, protected by twelve fighters, flying at 2,500 feet above him and, despite the odds of 13 to 2, ordered an attack. First Lieutenant Lipscomb engaged the enemy fighters along with Major Shomo and personally shot down three of the enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Lipscomb'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. 34 (1945)


LITTGE, RAYMOND H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond H. Littge (0-698987), 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 17 April 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. Captain Littge's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 168 (1945)
Born: October 18, 1923 at Altenburg, Missouri
Home Town: Perryville, Missouri


LITTON, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William P. Litton (0-23300), 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-38 Fighter Airplane in the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82d Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on during World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Litton'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. 61 (1944)
Home Town: Shaw, Mississippi


LOEGERING, WESTON A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Weston A. Loegering (37564530), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Top Turret Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 574th Bombardment Squadron, 391st Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 23 December 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, Sergeant Loegering destroyed three enemy FW-190s and probably destroyed two more. On their approach to target, Sergeant Loegering's aircraft was violently attacked by large numbers of determined enemy fighters. They swarmed in on their formation in waves of four-deep and fifteen-abreast. During the ensuing battle, and after destroying two enemy fighters, Sergeant Loegering was wounded in the left shoulder. Remaining steadfastly to his guns, with one arm useless and probably bleeding severely, he destroyed a third enemy fighter, and probably destroyed two others. By his dauntless courage and selfless devotion to duty and other members of his crew, he aided materially in the success of the attack and the safe return of the aircraft. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Loegering 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. 21 (1945)


*LOHMEYER, MARVIN E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Marvin E. Lohmeyer (0-753292), 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 549th Bombardment Squadron, 385th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 June 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Lohmeyer 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. 9 (1945)
Home Town: Halstead, Kansas


LONDON, CHARLES P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles P. London (0-421260), 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 83d Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces from 22 June 1943 through 30 July 1943. On 22 June while engaged in aerial combat, Captain London shot down an enemy airplane. On 29 June Captain London shot down two enemy aircraft in a single engagement. When, on 30 July 1943, Captain London again shot down two enemy aircraft in a single engagement, bringing his total to five victories for the period, he became the first American ACE in the European Theater of Operations. Captain London'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. 82 (1943)


LONSWAY, LOUIS G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Louis G. Lonsway, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 385th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, 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 Staff Sergeant Lonsway 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)


LOPRESTI, NICHOLAS O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Nicholas O. LoPresti, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 6 through 13 October 1944. Technical Sergeant LoPresti's unquestionable valor is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 99 (1945)


LOWERY, HERMAN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herman F. Lowery, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 13th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. Captain Lowery participated in a daring 4-day mission under the 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 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 Japapanese transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Lowery 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. 56 (1942)
Home Town: Forrest County, Mississippi


*LOWRY, ALLAN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Allan W. Lowry (0-661513), 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-17 Heavy Bomber in the 324th Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 4 March 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Lowry was on a bombing mission to attack the railway station and marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany. His aircraft was subjected to some of the most vicious attacks made by the Germans upon any plane in the formation. By the time they had reached the German coast on the way out, three of their engines had been shot out and the remaining engine was not sufficient to keep the aircraft in formation. Before long further attacks by German aircraft forced Lieutenant Brill to ditch in the icy waters of the North Sea. The sea was rough, and after bouncing off one wave the aircraft broke into two on the next swell. Lieutenant Lowry and his pilot Lieutenant Allen Brill were the last ones to leave the airplane after it began to break up and refused to save themselves until after the other combat crew members had safely entered their dinghies. The high winds soon carried the dinghies out of reach of these officers and although the other combat crewmembers attempted to save them they had sacrificed themselves to make sure that the surviving members of their crew would reach safety. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Lowry on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (1943)
Home Town: Contra Costa, California


*LUDOLPH, GEORGE L. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George L. Ludolph (0-443737), 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 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 9 May 1943, against enemy targets in the North African Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Ludolph 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. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 100 (1943)
Home Town: Washington County, Minnesota


LUDWIG, VANCE P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Vance P. Ludwig (0-661342), 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 63d Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 4 October 1943. On that date, First Lieutenant Ludwig shot down THREE enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Ludwig'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. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Cuyahoga County, Ohio


LUKSIC, CARL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl J. Luksic (0-732289), 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 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 May 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, First Lieutenant Luksic destroyed four German FW-190s and one ME-109 to become an Ace in a single day. First Lieutenant Luksic'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. 28 (1944)
Home Town: Joliet, Illinois


LYLE, LEWIS E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lewis E. Lyle, 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 360th Bombardment Squadron, 303d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 17 November 1942 through 15 June 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On all occasions Lieutenant Colonel Lyle demonstrated exemplary and courageous leadership, employing skilful and effective counter measures against whatever fighter opposition he has encountered and bombing enemy installations with consistently excellent results. Colonel Lyle's heroic and fearless leadership and his continued determination to fulfill his assigned task in the face of all odds has reflected highest credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 44 (1944)
Born: at Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Home Town: Pine Bluff, Arkansas


LYNCH, THOMAS J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas J. Lynch (0-388066), 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 39th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 27 December 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. On that date, Captain Lynch lead a flight of 12 P-38s off Schwimmer airstrip to intercept a flight of 40 Japanese fighters and bombers over Buna on the northern coast of New Guinea. Despite being heavily outnumbered, Captain Lynch fearlessly led his flight in destroying twelve of the enemy aircraft, personally shooting down two of them himself. Captain Lynch'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. 32 (1943)
Born: at Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

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