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Citations For
U.S. Air Force
Awards of the Silver Star

for 
Conspicuous Gallantry
in Action During

The Vietnam War

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Vietnam War Air Force Silver Star Citations
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ARVIDSON, LEIF E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leif E. Arvidson, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist near Vinh Thanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 11 December 1968. On that date, Airman Arvidson skillfully accomplished the combat extraction of eight critically injured survivors from a helicopter crash during a day/night operation in rugged mountainous, jungle covered terrain in a hostile area. Airman Arvidson's calm and professional performance of his duties in the face of intense hostile fire was of primary importance in the successful accomplishment of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Arvidson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

AVERY, ALLEN J.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Allen J. Avery, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Specialist on an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 5 October 1968. On that date, Sergeant Avery volunteered to attempt the extremely hazardous extraction of a Special Forces team after their insertion helicopter had been shot down and the team surrounded by hostile forces. En route to the distress site he learned that a rescue helicopter had been shot down while attempting the extraction, fatally injuring two crew members. Despite low cloud cover, which prevented the use of fighter escort, Sergeant Avery, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, penetrated the hostile area and directed his helicopter to a hover adjacent the burning crash site. During the prolonged hover, Sergeant Avery provided accurate suppressive machine gun fire and assisted in the rescue of the two crash survivors and the six surviving team members. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Avery has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*AVERY, ALLEN J.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Allen J. Avery, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for Technical Sergeant Allen J. Avery distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Quang Tri City, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 April 1972. On that date, Sergeant Avery was flying as a Pararescue Specialist of an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter that was attempting to rescue the survivors of a downed United States aircraft from certain death or capture by hostile armed forces. Flying into a heavily defended area, the aircraft encountered severe ground hostile fire rendering the aircraft uncontrollable at an extremely low altitude. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Avery has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*BADLEY, JAMES LINSDAY (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Linsday Badley, First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Badley distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 20 November 1967 while serving with 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Hermiston, Oregon

BERRIO, DAVID R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David R. Berrio, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist near Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam, on 24 November 1967. On that date, Airman Berrio led a group of volunteers into an area of exploding ammunition trucks on a life-saving mission. Under fire from hostile forces, Airman Berrio persevered until he found and rescued four injured victims of a convoy ambush. His decisive action can be credited with the saving of these lives. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Berrio has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: at Annapolis, Maryland

BERRY, ROBERT L., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert L. Berry, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 22 April 1966. On that date, Sergeant Berry, flying as a Pararescueman on an HH-3E helicopter, contributed materially to the successful rescue of a downed Air Force pilot despite intense ground fire from hostile troops in the area. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Berry provided protective fire cover from the door of the helicopter while assisting in hoisting the injured pilot to safety. He then administered medical aid to the pilot and placed an inflatable splint on his broken leg. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Berry has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*BLASSIE, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael J. Blassie (490-52-6882), First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Blassie distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 8th Special Operations Squadron, 377th Air Base Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri

*BOSILJEVAC, MICHAEL JOSEPH (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael Joseph Bosiljevac (505-56-0057), Major, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Major Bosiljevac distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska

*BRIM, JOHN LARUE (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Larue Brim (13662249), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Staff Sergeant Brim distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 4th Air Commando Squadron, 14th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Princess Anne, Virginia

BRINSON, WILLIAM D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William D. Brinson, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist near Tchepone, Laos on 13 April 1972. On that date, Sergeant Brinson was participating in the daring rescue of a downed American pilot. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he stood on the ramp of his rescue helicopter and though wounded, continued to defend his vulnerable aircraft. This courageous action aided immeasurably in the successful completion of this very dangerous rescue mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Brinson reflected Great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

BRUDNO, EDWARD ALAN (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward Alan Brudno (025300654), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Brudno distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 6234th Tactical Fighter Wing, 13th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat 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 Air Force.

CALDWELL, STEPHEN L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen L. Caldwell, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Ban Ban, Laos on 20 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Caldwell with total disregard for his own safety volunteered to descend to the ground on the rescue hoist to aid two injured American airmen, even though hostile activity and ground fire had been encountered in the area. On the ground, Sergeant Caldwell provided emergency medical treatment to the survivors and assisted them in getting to the rescue device, while hostile fire could be heard near them. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Caldwell has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

CARLSON, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Carlson, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Hanoi, North Vietnam on 27 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Carlson, a Pararescue Technician on an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter, voluntarily flew into a highly hostile area to attempt the rescue of a downed American airman. Utilizing a handheld automatic weapon when his minigun malfunctioned, Sergeant Carlson deliberately stood in the open to defend his hovering helicopter against ground fire so that a position above the survivor could be maintained. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Carlson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*CLANTON, LARRY JACK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry Jack Clanton (3148616), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 7th Air Force, in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Forward Air Controller near Long Dien, Republic of Vietnam, on 3 February 1968. On that date, Captain Clanton was flying in support of friendly ground forces engaged in clearing the town of Long Diem of hostile forces. Because no other air weapons were available and without regard for his own safety, Captain Clanton made repeated low passes through heavy automatic weapons fire and fired his marking rockets at the hostile positions. He succeeded in destroying one machine gun and made it possible for the friendly forces to withdraw from a superior size hostile force. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Clanton has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Cupertino, California

CONNER, LONNIE G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lonnie G. Conner, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist near Vinh Thanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 11 December 1968. On that date, Sergeant Conner skillfully accomplished the combat extraction of eight critically injured survivors from a helicopter crash during a day/night operation in rugged, mountainous, jungle covered terrain in a hostile area. Sergeant Conner's calm and professional performance of his duties in the face of intense hostile fire was of primary importance in the successful accomplishment of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Conner has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: at Annapolis, Maryland

*COOKE, CALVIN COOLIDGE, JR. (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Calvin Coolidge Cooke, Jr. (578-56-3151), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Staff Sergeant Cooke distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, 13th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat 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 Air Force.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.

CORMIER, ARTHUR (POW)
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur Cormier, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Technician aboard a rescue helicopter over North Vietnam on 6 November 1965. On that date, Sergeant Cormier voluntarily participated in a mission to recover a USAF pilot shot down over a hostile area known to contain numerous concentrations of antiaircraft batteries which would endanger any rescue efforts. As his unarmed aircraft approached the recovery area, it encountered heavy ground fire and burst into flames, forcing the crew to bail out. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Cormier has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: October 24, 1934 at Rumford, Maine
Home Town: West Orange, New Jersey
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

CORMIER, ARTHUR (POW)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Arthur Cormier, First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the above period while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on treatment of prisoners of war, the enemy resorted to mental and physical cruelties to obtain information, confessions, and propaganda materials. This individual resisted their demands by calling upon his deepest inner strengths in a manner which reflected his devotion to duty and great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: October 24, 1934 at Rumford, Maine
Home Town: West Orange, New Jersey
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

CURTIS, MICHAEL A.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael A. Curtis, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 26 February 1971. On that date, as a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53 Rescue Helicopter, Airman Curtis' efforts culminated in the rescue of two United States Air Force air crewman from certain death or capture by hostile armed forces. With full knowledge of the extent of hostile fire in the area and complete disregard for his own personal safety, and despite the helicopters receiving numerous hits by ground fire, Airman Curtis exposed himself to the hostile fire throughout the rescue effort to provide suppressive fire, preventing much greater damage to the helicopter, and insuring the safe rescue of the downed airmen. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Curtis has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

CURTIS, MICHAEL A.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Michael A. Curtis, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Tchepone, Laos, on 13 March 1971. On that date, Airman Curtis was a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53 Rescue Helicopter that twice attempted the rescue of a wounded United States Navy pilot from certain death or capture by hostile armed forces. With full knowledge of the extent of hostile fire in the area, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Airman Curtis continued to expose himself manning his gun position after being wounded, until withering ground fire crippled the helicopter and wounded another crew member, making continued rescue attempts impossible. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Curtis has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

DAGNEAU, JOHN J., III
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Dagneau, III, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam on 10 May 1966. On that date, Airman Dagneau proceeded deep into hostile territory to rescue an American pilot whose aircraft had been downed by hostile ground fire. Airman Dagneau was instrumental in directing the rescue helicopter around some tall trees towards the position of the survivor. After departing the area with the survivor, Airman Dagneau's aircraft was attacked by hostile aircraft, Airman Dagneau was ready to defend the rescue helicopter with the only weapons available, an M-16 rifle. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Dagneau has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*DAVISON, DAVID M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David M. Davison, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-53 Pararescue/Recovery Specialist in Southeast Asia on 5 December 1969. On that date, Airman Davison participated in the attempted air rescue of two downed airmen deep within hostile territory. As the helicopter descended into the pickup area, Airman Davison repeatedly exposed himself to intense ground fire, with complete disregard for his own safety, while firing suppressive bursts from his gun position on the rear ramp of the helicopter. Although under heavy fire, he continued this valiant effort at the sacrifice of his life. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Davison has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*DEAN, MICHAEL FRANK (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael Frank Dean (552-64-3073), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia while serving with the 38th Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron, 3d Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Group, 7th Air Force, on 30 June 1970. On that date, Sergeant Dean, an HH-53C Pararescue/Recovery Specialist, twice penetrated an area of known hostile concentration in a valiant effort to rescue an injured American pilot. Undaunted after being repelled during the first attempt, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he elected to make a second attempt. As the helicopter neared the downed airman, it sustained severe battle damage, resulting in an uncontrollable fire. Bravely returning the hostile fire until the end, Sergeant Dean lost his life while trying to save another's when the helicopter impacted the ground and exploded. By his gallantry and devotion to duty in the dedication of his service to his country, Sergeant Dean has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: La Puente, California

*DELPHIN, BARRY RONAL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Barry Ronal Delphin (63798), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Delphin distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Clearwater, Florida

*DYCZKOWSKI, ROBERT RAYMOND (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Raymond Dyczkowski (0-66244764), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Dyczkowski distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Buffalo, New York

ELDRIDGE, JOHN J.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Eldridge, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in the all-volunteer Joint Chiefs of Staff directed United States Army and Air Force operation against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War Search and Rescue Operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Eldridge, as a Paramedic-Gunner, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness while maintaining the critical fire discipline necessary for properly conducting this humanitarian operation. During the return flight, he performed a vital crew member function in the pickup of a downed fighter pilot. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Eldridge in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Eldridge has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (S.S. Mayaguez Incident)

*EVERT, LAWRENCE GERALD (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lawrence Gerald Evert (520-36-5987), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Evert distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Cody, Wyoming

FARRIOR, AARON D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Aaron D. Farrior, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 5 October 1966. On that date, as a Pararescue Specialist on a HH-3E Rescue Helicopter, Sergeant Farrior proceeded to deep into hostile territory and was successful in recovering one of two American pilots who had bailed out of their disabled aircraft. Disregarding his own safety, Sergeant Farrior voluntarily flew through heavy automatic weapons and small arms fire in order to reach the injured survivor before the hostile forces could capture him. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Farrior has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

FATKA, PAUL E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul E. Fatka, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Tuy Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, on 31 January 1969. On that date, while participating as a Pararescue Specialist during the successful rescue of an F-100 pilot, Airman Fatka, with complete disregard for his own safety, volunteered to be lowered one hundred and fifty feet by hoist to a steep, densely jungled mountainside to search for and recover the injured pilot. Severely hampered by dense undergrowth, he remained in the extremely hostile jungle for twenty minutes while hostile forces were converging on his location from one hundred meters away. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Fatka has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

FISK, WAYNE L.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne L. Fisk, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in the all-volunteer Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed United States Army and Air Force military operation against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War Search and Rescue Operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Fisk, as a Paramedic-Gunner prepared to evacuate the ground rescue party and freed prisoners, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness while maintaining the critical fire discipline necessary for properly conducting this humanitarian operation. During the return flight, he was a vital crewmember in the pickup of a downed fighter pilot. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Fisk in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Fisk has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (S.S. Mayaguez Incident)

GALDE, DANIEL E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel E. Galde, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry as a volunteer in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Galde, performing as a Pararescue-Gunner in a helicopter prepared to carry out the ground rescue party and freed prisoners, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness while maintaining the critical fire discipline necessary for properly conducting this humanitarian operation. During the return, he was a vital crew member in the pickup of a downed fighter pilot. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Galde in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Galde has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

GONZALES, GEORGE P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George P. Gonzales, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam on 10 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Gonzales voluntarily flew into a highly hostile and heavily defended area to attempt the rescue of a downed American airman. When all of the miniguns on his hovering helicopter were rendered inoperative due to intense ground fire, he valiantly continued protective fire with his handheld weapon in order that the helicopter's position above the survivor could be maintained. By his gallantry and devotion to duty Sergeant Gonzales has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

GOODLETT, DONALD H., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald H. Goodlett, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 2 June 1972. On that date, Sergeant Goodlett, a Pararescue Recovery Technician on an HH-53C rescue helicopter, voluntarily penetrated deep into an extremely hostile and heavily defended area of North Vietnam to assist in the recovery of a downed American airman. At great risk to his own life, he willingly exposed himself to hostile ground forces while manning his minigun position. Sergeant Goodlett's superior skill in suppressing the ground fire being directed at his vulnerable aircraft was instrumental in the successful completion of this hazardous rescue. By his gallantry and devotion to duty Sergeant Goodlett has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

HACKNEY, DUANE D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Duane D. Hackney, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist during a rocket attack on DaNang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 July 1967. On that date, Airman Hackney entered the most heavily damaged area while the attack was occurring and was personally responsible for saving the lives of six men. Airman Hackney unhesitantly approached burning aircraft and exploding ordnance to rescue wounded personnel. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Hackney has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Air Force Cross (Vietnam)

HANSON, CHARLES K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles K. Hanson, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HU-16 Pararescue Specialist near hostile shores in the Gulf of Tonkin on 12 February 1967. On that date, after his aircraft had deliberately been flown in a decoy pattern to draw hostile fire from shore batteries away from the location of a survivor and then landed in a hail of small arms, automatic, mortar and antiaircraft fire, Airman Hanson fearlessly exposed himself by swimming to the survivor and returning him safely to the aircraft. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Hanson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

HARRIS, ROBERT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert L. Harris, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pararescue/Recovery Specialist in Southeast Asia on 17 May 1969. On that date, Airman Harris participated in a gallant attempt to rescue a mortally wounded airman located in a highly fortified hostile mountain pass. After the injured airman reported he was getting weak and voice contact was lost, Airman Harris descended on the hoist while under hostile fire, and spent five minutes on the ground verifying the injuries as fatal. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Harris has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

HAWKINS, TED R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ted R. Hawkins, Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pararescue Technician on an HH-3E helicopter near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam on 23 August 1967. On that date, Sergeant Hawkins volunteered to descend on a forest penetrator to recover an injured Air Force pilot even though his aircraft was under hostile attack at the time. Before he could reach the survivor, firing became so intense that the helicopter was forced to discontinue the effort and Sergeant Hawkins was hoisted back on board where he immediately manned the M-60 machine gun and delivered suppressive fire to cover the aircraft's withdrawal. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Hawkins reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

HEBERT, BARRY D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Barry D. Hebert, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-3E Pararescue Specialist in North Vietnam on 26 October 1968. On that date, Airman Hebert voluntarily risked his life in extremely hostile area, to effect the successful recovery of an injured Air Force pilot. Airman Hebert descended on the jungle penetrator when the dense jungle canopy hid the survivor and, disregarding the threat to his own life, snared the nearly blind pilot while suspended in mid-air, then protected him with his body as they were hoisted through the trees to safety. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Hebert has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*HELMICH, GERALD ROBERT (MIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gerald Robert Helmich, Major, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force northwest of Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 12 November 1969. On that morning, knowing full well the threat to his own survival, Major Helmich volunteered to fly his A-1H Skyraider deep into hostile territory into an area heavily defended by small arms, automatic weapons, 23-mm. and 37-mm. anti-aircraft guns, in the attempt to rescue two downed crew members of an F-4D. As he rolled in for the hazardous low level pass to lay down a protective smokescreen which would shield the rescue helicopters from hostile guns, his aircraft was hit and crashed; the rescue mission which was successful and which Major Helmich had insisted on flying had demanded and received his utmost. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Helmich has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: November 12, 1931 at Manchester, New Hampshire
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona

HOBERG, JON K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jon K. Hoberg, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in the all-volunteer Joint United States Army and Air Force military operation against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Hoberg, as a Paramedic-Gunner, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness. Upon leaving the area, he provided warnings and evasion assistance to the aircraft commander in order to avoid surface-to-air missiles fired at the aircraft. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Hoberg in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Hoberg has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

HUNT, GEORGE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George E. Hunt, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry while participating in aerial flight as a Pararescueman on an unarmed HH-3E rescue helicopter over hostile territory on 22 April 1966. On that date, Airman Hunt proceeded deep into hostile territory to rescue two American pilots who had bailed out of their disabled aircraft. As soon as the first survivor was aboard, the helicopter proceeded to the second survivor. Because the second downed airman was critically injured, Airman Hunt went down the hoist to assist him. Just as Airman Hunt reached the ground, the helicopter was raked by hostile fire and was forced to withdraw from the area, leaving Airman Hunt in hostile territory. For the next twenty-two hours, Airman Hunt evaded hostile forces and was rescued the following day. Through his determination to assist a fellow American and by his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Hunt has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

INGULLI, CHARLES R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Ingulli, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-43 Pararescueman near Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam on 20 March 1968. On that date, Airman Ingulli was called upon to rescue a critically injured pilot who had been downed in an extremely hostile area of jungle known as the "Lai Khe rocket belt". This area was known to be heavily infested with Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army rocket artillery troops. Airman Ingulli was lowered to the ground from the helicopter after nightfall and thoroughly explored the aircraft wreckage in search of the downed pilot. Finding no one, he then expanded his search into the surrounding jungle, disregarding the probable dangers of hostile activity. After ten long minutes of searching with his flashlight, he discovered the semi-conscious, severely burned pilot. Airman Ingulli immediately notified the helicopter crew and requested a litter be lowered to the ground. Working swiftly and skillfully, he secured the injured pilot in the litter and signaled for him to be hoisted aboard the aircraft. Airman Ingulli waited until he could also be lifted to safety and then began immediate first aid. En route to the hospital he administered heart massage and was able to sustain the pilot's life until he was delivered safely to medical authorities. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Ingulli has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*JEFFERSON, JAMES MILTON (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Milton Jefferson (267627889), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Jefferson distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Gainesville, Florida

JENKINS, PAUL L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul L. Jenkins, Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 30 June 1970. On that date, Sergeant Jenkins, an HH-53C Pararescue/Recovery Technician, twice penetrated an area of known hostile concentration in a valiant effort to rescue an injured American pilot. Undaunted, after being repelled during the first attempt, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Jenkins elected to make a second attempt. As the helicopter positioned itself near the downed airman, it sustained severe battle damage resulting in an uncontrollable fire. Despite the hazards involved, Sergeant Jenkins bravely returned the hostile fire, and continued firing in an effort to save the life of his fellowman. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, in the dedication of his service to his country, Sergeant Jenkins has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

KELSAY, LEROY W., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leroy W. Kelsay, Jr., Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam as a Paramedical Technician on an HH-3C helicopter on 19 February 1966. On that date, demonstrating on extraordinary degree of courage, together with a complete disregard for the dangers to which he would be exposed, Airman Kelsay proceeded to a hostile area well known for its heavy and accurate antiaircraft defenses in search of a downed USAF pilot. With grim determination and acutely conscious of the grave importance of his mission, Airman Kelsay braved heavy ground fire, which damaged the aircraft, to assist in the successful hoist pickup of the downed airman. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Kelsay has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force

*KING, RONALD RUNYON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald Runyon King (50502), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel King distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 333d Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Santa Cruz, California

KLENOVICH, ROGER A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roger A. Klenovich, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near the A Shau Valley on 30 March 1968. On that date, after his helicopter received battle damage from intense hostile ground fire Sergeant Klenovich was instrumental in the rescue of four survivors. Sergeant Klenovich rendered medical aid to the survivors and assisted in the evaluation of aircraft battle damage. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Klenovich has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

KRAFT, DENNIS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis J. Kraft, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over the Republic of Vietnam on 18 May 1966. On that date, Airman Kraft flew as crewmember of an unarmed helicopter into an area infested with anti-aircraft artillery and hostile troops to rescue the two man crew of a downed F-4B. While attempting the rescue his helicopter was subjected to intense and accurate hostile ground fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Kraft has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

KRAUSE, HARRY M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry M. Krause, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with rescue operations near Tuy Hoa, Republic of Vietnam on 1 June 1968. On that date, Airman Krause, as Pararescue Specialist on an HH-43B rescue helicopter, was called on to rescue the pilot of an aircraft downed by hostile ground fire nineteen miles south of Tuy Hoa Air Base. Finding the pilot injured, Air Krause had himself lowered into the dense jungle in the extremely hostile area where he administered medical aid and prepared the pilot for rescue. Airman Krause remained alone in the hostile jungle while the helicopter left the area with the survivor, to return for Airman Krause after landing to move the survivor into the aircraft. The great determination and concern for fellow airman display by Airman Krause, and his courage in displaying these characteristics, resulted in the successful rescue of the downed pilot. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Krause has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

LESTER, WILLIAM E.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William E. Lester, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue/Recovery Technician in Southeast Asia on 12 November 1969. On that date, Sergeant Lester was a crewmember on an HH-53B helicopter which rescued an injured United States Air Force Pilot who had been shot down in the midst of a heavily defended hostile stronghold. Two attempts were made in the face of intense ground fire and advancing hostile forces to rescue the survivor. The second attempt was successful; but because of the nature of the survivor's injuries, Sergeant Lester volunteered to descend to the ground and assist the immobile airman to the rescue penetrator. Although hostile ground forces were advancing on the survivor and continuous ground fire was directed at Sergeant Lester and he successfully completed the rescue and saved the injured man from certain capture. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Lester has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

LESTER, WILLIAM E.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to William E. Lester, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 21 March 1970. On that date, Sergeant Lester attempted to rescue an American airman downed in heavily fortified hostile territory. Early in the rescue attempt, Sergeant Lester was wounded by hostile fire, but remained in his unprotected position and continued to search for the injured survivor. As the hostile force gunners scored direct hits on the aircraft with increasing accuracy and frequency, Sergeant Lester was again wounded. Only after his aircraft was forced to withdraw in order to avoid certain destruction did Sergeant Lester leave his vulnerable position to attend to his wounds. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Lester has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

LESTER, WILLIAM E.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting a Second Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Silver Star Medal to William E. Lester, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Lester, flying as a Paramedic/Gunner in a helicopter gunship carrying part of the ground rescue party, flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. His accurate fire on extremely critical enemy targets contributed significantly to the sense of complete confusion and disorganization among the enemy and provided protection for the rescue party. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Lester in his aggressive fire during the heroic rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and tactical success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Lester has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

*LOCKER, JAMES D.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James D. Locker, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Specialist on an HH-3E in Southeast Asia on 4 May 1968. On that date, Sergeant Locker was instrumental in the rescue of two members of a Special Forces team that was in imminent danger of being overrun by the opposing forces that encircled their position in the A Shau Valley area. Despite intense hostile fire which severely damaged his aircraft, Sergeant Locker, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, effected the rescue of two Special Forces personnel. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Locker has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

LOCKER, JAMES D.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting a Second Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Silver Star Medal to James D. Locker, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a rescue specialist on an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 9 June 1968. On that date, Sergeant Locker participated in the attempted rescue of a downed pilot in one of the most heavily defended areas in Southeast Asia. Despite intense, accurately directed hostile fire which severely damaged another aircraft, Sergeant Locker, with undaunted determination, indomitable courage, and professional skill, stood in the open helicopter doorway awaiting deployment to assist the downed pilot when his aircraft was downed by hostile fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Locker has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

*LOCKER, JAMES DOUGLAS
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Douglas Locker (15754661), Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 7th Air Force, as Rescue Specialist on an HH-3E in Southeast Asia on 14 March 1968. On that date, Sergeant Locker penetrated an extremely heavily defended hostile area to attempt the rescue of a downed pilot. After one helicopter was disabled by intense hostile fire, Sergeant Locker made two attempts to rescue the downed pilot before his aircraft was hit by hostile fire. After it was determined that the aircraft was not seriously damaged, Sergeant Locker returned to make another rescue attempt. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Locker persisted in the rescue attempt until his aircraft was heavily damaged by hostile fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Locker has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Sidney, Ohio
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

*MARTIN, JOHN MURRAY (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Murray Martin (198246115), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Martin distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

MCCOMB, RANDY S.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Randy S. McComb, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pararescue Specialist on an unarmed HH-3E rescue helicopter near Nam Dinh, North Vietnam on 18 July 1967. On that date, Airman McComb penetrated deep into hostile territory to recover a downed United States Navy pilot. While being subjected to an intense barrage of automatic weapons fire, he deliberately exposed himself in order to assist in locating and retrieving the survivor. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Second Class McComb has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

MCCOMB, RANDY S.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Randy S. McComb, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the Prisoner of War Search and Rescue Operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant McComb performed aircrew duties on the lead aircraft of the force penetrating deep into enemy territory in the attempted rescue effort. Completely aware of the enemy antiaircraft and surface-to-air missile threats en route and in the objective area, Sergeant McComb totally disregarded his personal safety and skillfully performed his duties which significantly contributed to effective control of the entire force. As a result of Sergeant McComb's heroic efforts, the force arrived at Son Tay as planned, the enemy forces were completely surprised, and the mission was successfully completed. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Second Class McComb has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

MCDOUGALL, ANGUS C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Angus C. McDougall, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force Rescue Specialist near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam on 20 February 1968. On that date, Sergeant McDougall penetrated an extremely hostile area under adverse weather conditions and rescued a seriously injured pilot. In defiance of reported hostile activity and fully exposed to hostile fire, Sergeant McDougall went down into the jungle and brought the injured pilot to safety before hostile forces could surround him. Hostile forces in the jungle directed intense automatic weapons fire at Sergeant McDougall as the rescue was completed. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant McDougall has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

MCFARR, ANTHONY J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony J. McFarr, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-53 Rescue Crewmember on 6 October 1969. On that date, Sergeant McFarr courageously participated in the successful extraction of five downed American aircrew members and forty-six indigenous Army troops from an area under direct attack from hostile forces. He provided suppressive fire to protect both his fellow crewmembers and the survivors, and voluntarily exposed himself to heavy ground fire while helping the survivors to board the helicopter as mortars were impacting within fifteen yards of their position. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant McFarr has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

MCGRATH, CHARLES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles D. McGrath, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia from 26 April 1972 to 27 April 1972. During this period, Sergeant McGrath, a Pararescue recovery specialist on an HH-53C Super Jolly Green Rescue Helicopter, penetrated deep into an extremely hostile and heavily defended area to effect the rescue of a downed American airman. His professional skill in providing the accurate and effective ground suppression fire required throughout the mission and his willingness, at great risk to his own life, to expose himself to hostile ground forces from his open mini gun position, was instrumental in the successful completion of this most hazardous mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant McGrath has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

MCQUOID, CHARLES B.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles B. McQuoid, , U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 2 June 1972. On that date, Sergeant McQuoid, a Pararescue Recovery Specialist on an HH-53C rescue helicopter, voluntarily penetrated an extremely hostile and heavily defended area of North Vietnam to effect the rescue of a downed American airman. At great risk to his own life, he willingly manned his exposed minigun position to suppress the intense ground fire being directed at his vulnerable aircraft. Sergeant McQuoid's professional performance under very adverse conditions was instrumental in the successful recovery of the airman. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant McQuoid has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

MCQUOID, CHARLES B.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Charles B. McQuoid, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 26 August 1972. On that date, Sergeant McQuoid, a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter with full knowledge that a previous recovery attempt had been met with intense automatic weapons fire, courageously volunteered to continue the rescue mission of a downed American airman. For over fifteen minutes, he stood in the open and unprotected doorway while operating his minigun to suppress the intense ground fire being directed at his helicopter as it hovered within meters of the North Vietnamese gunners. His willingness to risk his own life enabled his crew to successfully recover the downed airman. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant McQuoid has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

MEHR, RICHARD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard L. Mehr, Major, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an A-1E Skyraider Pilot in Southeast Asian on 10 July 1967. On that date, Major Mehr was flying his A-1E Skyraider in support of a search and rescue effort for a downed F-105 pilot located less than two hundred yards from a heavily defended infiltration route. Major Mehr voluntarily risked his life by making numerous low passes in this area despite low ceilings, mountainous terrain and devastating ground fire which damaged his aircraft on several passes. Major Mehr remained in the area for well over an hour and contributed significantly to the recovery of the downed pilot as well as inflicting heavy losses upon the hostile forces opposing the rescue effort. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Mehr has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

MOORE, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Moore, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 2 March 1965. On that date, Airman Moore, acting as a Pararescue Specialist of an HH-43F helicopter, flew rescue missions totaling two and one half hours over unfriendly territory in search of two downed pilots. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Airman Moore, after flying cover while another helicopter picked up the first pilot, proceeded inland for the second pilot. During this time, the helicopter encountered continuous antiaircraft and small arms fire. Approximately ten miles further inland, the second pilot was sighted in the jungle and lifted one hundred feet to the safety of the helicopter. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Moore has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

MORROW, CHARLES D.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles D. Morrow, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Laos from 10 February 1972 to 11 February 1972. On those dates, Sergeant Morrow flew an extremely hazardous mission deep into enemy territory to rescue two American airmen. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Morrow manned his minigun position, completely exposing himself to possible hostile fire, and relayed valuable information to the pilot to keep the helicopter clear of the jungle covered mountainous terrain. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Morrow has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

MORROW, CHARLES D.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Charles D. Morrow, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia from 26 April 1972 to 27 April 1972. During that period, Sergeant Morrow, a Pararescue recovery specialist on an HH-53C Super Jolly Green Rescue Helicopter, penetrated deep into an extremely hostile and heavily defended area to effect the rescue of a downed American airman. His professional skill in providing the effective ground suppression fire required throughout the mission and his willingness, at great risk to his own life, to expose himself to hostile ground forces from his open mini gun position, was instrumental in the successful completion of this most hazardous mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Morrow has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

MORROW, CHARLES D.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting a Second Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Silver Star Medal to Charles D. Morrow, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 27 June 1972. On that date Sergeant Morrow, a Pararescue Recovery Technician on an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter, voluntarily and at great risk to his own life, penetrated a hostile and heavily defended area of North Vietnam to effect the rescue of a downed American airman. His professional skill and determination in providing vital aircraft cover fire while openly exposed to intense hostile ground fire were invaluable to the successful completion of this most hazardous mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Morrow has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

MUSNICKI, KENNETH J.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth J. Musnicki, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 27 June 1972. On that date, Sergeant Musnicki, a Pararescue Recovery Specialist on an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter, voluntarily penetrated deep into North Vietnam to effect the daring aerial rescue of a downed Air Force pilot. For over one hour, he manned an unprotected minigun position and willingly subjected himself to continual ground fire to provide protective cover for his vulnerable aircraft. His professional performance, at great risk to his own life, was instrumental in the recovery of this imperiled airman virtually from the hands of his would be captors. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Musnicki has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

MUSNICKI, KENNETH J.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Kenneth J. Musnicki, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 18 November 1972. On that date, Sergeant Musnicki, a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter, voluntarily penetrated deep into an extremely hostile and heavily defended area of North Vietnam to rescue two downed American airmen. At great risk to his own life, he willingly exposed himself to hostile ground forces while manning the minigun position. Sergeant Musnicki's professional skill suppressing the ground fire being directed at his vulnerable aircraft was directly responsible in the successful completion of this hazardous rescue. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Musnicki has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

NARDI, EUGENE L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene L. Nardi, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 26 February 1971. On that date, as a Pararescue Technician on an HH-53 Rescue Helicopter, Sergeant Nardi's efforts culminated in the rescue of two United States Air Force aircrewmen from certain death or capture by hostile armed forces. With full knowledge of the extent of hostile fire in the area and complete disregard for his own safety, and despite the helicopter's receiving numerous hits by ground fire, Sergeant Nardi exposed himself to the hostile fire throughout the rescue effort to provide suppressive fire, preventing much greater damage to the helicopter, and insuring the safe rescue of the downed airmen. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Nardi has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

NUSBAUM, JOHN D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Nusbaum, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Specialist on an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 5 October 1968. On that date, Sergeant Nusbaum volunteered to fill the Flight Engineer's position to attempt the extremely hazardous extraction of a Special Forces team after their insertion helicopter had been shot down and the team surrounded by hostile forces. En route to the distress site he learned that a rescue helicopter had been shot down while attempting the extraction, fatally injuring two crew members. Despite low cloud cover, which prevented the use of fighter escort, Sergeant Nusbaum, with completed disregard for his own personal safety, penetrated the hostile area and directed his helicopter to a hover adjacent the burning crash site. During the prolonged hover, Sergeant Nusbaum stood exposed to the hostile fire in the open doorway and effected the rescue of two crash survivors and six surviving team members. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Nusbaum has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

OSBORNE, GARY T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary T. Osborne, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Dak Nay Puey, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 April 1970. On that date, Sergeant Osborne was a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-3E helicopter providing cover for another helicopter attempting a rescue, when the first helicopter was shot down. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Osborne immediately descended to the rescue of the surviving crewmembers, despite exploding ammunition on the burning helicopter, and the presence of the hostile troops in the immediate rescue of three crewmembers who were burned and wounded, saving them from death or capture. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Osborne has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

PALMER, DENNIS C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis C. Palmer, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Pararescue Specialist on an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 11 May 1969. On that date, Airman Palmer descended under special ordnance into one of the most heavily defended areas of Southeast Asia to attempt the rescue of a downed Marine pilot who could no longer help himself. Although under continuous hostile fire, Airman Palmer had himself lowered from a hovering helicopter to the injured pilot so he could attach the injured pilot to the recovery penetrator and successfully hoist him aboard the helicopter. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Palmer has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*PEARSON, WILLIAM R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William R. Pearson, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Quang Tri City, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 April 1972. On that date, Sergeant Pearson was flying as a Pararescue Specialist of an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter that was attempting to rescue the survivors of downed United States aircraft from certain death or capture by hostile armed forces. Flying into a heavily defended area, the aircraft encountered severe ground fire and, while attempting to egress the area, received additional hostile fire rendering the aircraft uncontrollable at an extremely low altitude. By his gallantry and devotion to duty in the dedication of his service to his country, Sergeant Pearson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

PERRY, PAUL C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul C. Perry, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 2 March 1972. On that date, Sergeant Perry, Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53C helicopter, repeatedly volunteered to fly into an extremely hostile area in the rescue of a downed airman. Sergeant Perry, fully exposed at his left forward position, continuously suppressed hostile fire and aided the pilot in maneuvering the aircraft to avoid the more dangerous areas by locating the hostile gun positions. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Perry has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

PIGHINI, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Pighini, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 2 and 3 July 1967. On these dates, Airman Pighini, a Pararescue Specialist on an unarmed HH-3E Rescue Helicopter, participated in the successful recovery of an Air Force pilot downed deep in hostile territory. With great determination and unwavering courage, Airman Pighini exposed himself to hostile fire until he successfully located the downed pilot's position. Battle damage to the Rescue Helicopter and approaching darkness prevented a successful recovery of the survivor on 2 July. At sunrise on 3 July, Airman Pighini unhesitatingly returned to the recovery area, despite the knowledge that hostile forces would be aware of his return. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Airman Pighini hovered over the downed pilot's position in survivor could be hoisted safely aboard the Rescue Helicopter. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Pighini has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*PLEIMAN, JAMES EDWARD
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Edward Pleiman (292367224), Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 33d Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 13th Air Force, over North Vietnam on 1 November 1965. On that date, Airman Pleiman was instrumental in effecting the safe and expeditious recovery of a United States Air force RF-101 Pilot from hostile waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. With complete disregard for his safety, and with armed hostile swimmers within one hundred feet of him, Airman Pleiman jumped into the water to assist the pilot. This courageous and aggressive action promulgated against overwhelming odds, resulted in reducing the time the aircraft and crew were exposed to hostile fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Pleiman has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Russia, Ohio
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

*PLEIMAN, JAMES EDWARD (`)
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Edward Pleiman (292367224), Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 33d Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 13th Air Force near Thanh Hoi, North Vietnam on 14 March 1966. On that date, Airman Pleiman performed as a Pararescueman aboard an unarmed HU-16 aircraft which executed a hazardous open sea landing in the face of an oncoming fleet of twenty-five armed sampans and fierce opposition from nearby shore batteries and mortar emplacements to rescue two downed USAF pilots. Without regard for his personal safety, Airman Pleiman courageously carried out his duty in the face of overwhelming odds as he dove into the sea in the midst of exploding shells in an heroic attempt to rescue one of the downed airmen. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Pleiman has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Russia, Ohio
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

*PUGH, DENNIS GERARD (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dennis Gerard Pugh (513461113), Major, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Major Pugh distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Born: February 10, 1944 at Hutchison, Kansas
Home Town: Salina, Kansas

RESOS, PHILEMON S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Philemon S. Resos, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Technician near DaNang, Republic of Vietnam on 8 May 1967. On that date, Sergeant Resos was acting as hoist operator on a rescue helicopter attempting to recover four wounded friendly troops from a patrol that had been ambushed. After skillfully hoisting three of the wounded through dense jungle to the helicopter, and while he had the other Pararescueman and wounded troop more than forty feet in the air, Sergeant Resos noticed the helicopter losing power. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Resos leaned out the rescue door to guide the penetrator and it's occupants safely to the ground. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Resos has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

RHODY, DAVID D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David D. Rhody, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 February 1969. On that date Sergeant Rhody was lowered from a helicopter into dense jungle to assist in recovery of three seriously wounded personnel. While on the ground fire was directed at one of the hovering helicopters. Sergeant Rhody, with disregard for his own safety, instructed the pilot to leave the area to avoid further damage to the aircraft. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Rhody has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

RHODY, STEVEN C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Steven C. Rhody, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Tchepone, Laos, on 13 March 1971. On that date, Airman Rhody was a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53 Rescue Helicopter that twice attempted the rescue of a wounded United States Navy pilot from certain death or capture by hostile fire in the area, and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Airman Rhody twice exposed himself on the rescue hoist outside the door of the helicopter to descend to help the wounded survivor on the ground, until withering ground fire crippled the helicopter and wounded two crew members, making continued rescue attempts impossible. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Rhody has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

RIDDICK, JOHNNY L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Johnny L. Riddick, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 21 March 1970. On that date, Sergeant Riddick was a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53 rescue helicopter which recovered an injured United States Air Force pilot who had been downed in a heavily defended hostile stronghold. During the extensive rescue effort, three rescue helicopters were forced to withdraw due to extensive battle damage from the intense and accurate hostile fire. On the fourth attempt, the rescue was successfully accomplished; but only because Sergeant Riddick voluntarily descended on the rescue hoist to assist the severely injured man, and secure him to the rescue device. Although continuing hostile fire was directed at both Sergeant Riddick and the vulnerable hovering helicopter, Sergeant Riddick persisted tenaciously and saved the airman from imminent capture or death. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Riddick has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

ROEPSTORFF, MARTIN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Martin E. Roepstorff, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-3E Rescue Specialist in Southeast Asia on 6 March 1968. On that date, Sergeant Roepstorff volunteered to be lowered into an extremely hostile area to search for survivors of a downed helicopter. Additional personnel were inserted and after a brief search of the area the ground party encountered intense automatic weapons and rifle grenade fire. The ground party withdrew under fire to a suitable extraction position and Sergeant Roepstorff, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, provided covering fire with his M-16 while the other personnel were hoisted aboard the rescue helicopter. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Roepstorff has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*ROGERS, CHARLES EDWARD (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles Edward Rogers (28965), Major, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Major Rogers distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 1st Air Commando Squadron, 14th Air Command Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: Gary, Indiana

ROUHIER, CHARLES J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles J. Rouhier, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Hanoi, North Vietnam on 27 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Rouhier, a Flight Engineer on an HH-53C rescue helicopter, voluntarily flew into an extremely hostile and heavily defended area to attempt the rescue of a downed American airman. Despite intense ground fire being directed at his hovering helicopter, Sergeant Rouhier stood in the unprotected crew door in order to locate the survivor and then lowered the rescue device. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Rouhier has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

SALOME, CHARLES F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles F. Salome, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Ban Ban, Laos on 20 December 1972. On that date, after having participated in the rescue of three survivors, Sergeant Salome, with total disregard for his own safety, volunteered to descend to the jungle floor on the rescue hoist to search for a missing and seriously injured airman, even though hostile activity and ground fire had been encountered in the area. Knowing the possibility of being left on the ground, he continued his thorough search for over forty minutes. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Salome has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

SCHIPPER, GEORGE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George E. Schipper, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in the Republic of Vietnam on 8 November 1965. On that date, Sergeant Schipper was a Rescue Specialist aboard a rescue helicopter which was engaged in evacuating numerous American casualties from a battle area which was completely surrounded by the Viet Cong. Courageously displaying complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Schipper voluntarily rode a rescue hoist down into the midst of a raging battle to organize and coordinate rescue efforts on the ground. During this period, he continually exposed himself to the hazards of the ground action. Even after recovery efforts had been suspended, Sergeant Schipper would not leave the pickup scene until ordered to do so. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Schipper has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

SCOTT, JAMES D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James D. Scott, Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, on 26 July 1970. On that date, Sergeant Scott, with complete disregard for his own person safety, volunteered to descend to the ground to search for a United States Air Force pilot downed in an extremely hostile area. After finding the injured survivor, he administered badly needed first aid and then directed the helicopter over their position to recover the survivor, thereby preventing his death or capture by opposing hostile forces. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Scott has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*SCUNGIO, VINCENT ANTHONY (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Vincent Anthony Scungio (186262324), Major, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Major Scungio distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: New Castle, Pennsylvania

SLIGER, DAVID W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David W. Sliger, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 16 February 1967. On that date, Airman Sliger, as Pararescueman of an unarmed HH-3E helicopter, flew deep into hostile territory on a mission to rescue a downed pilot. Airman Sliger's aircraft was committed as primary rescue vehicle when their companion helicopter suffered battle damage and was forced into a box canyon heavily defended by automatic weapons and small arms. Airman Sliger continually exposed himself to hostile gunners as he searched for the survivor and stood ready to deliver suppressive fire. When the survivor was sighted, Airman Sliger's weapon protected the vulnerable helicopter as the recovery was made under fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Sliger has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

SMITH, CHARLEY D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charley D. Smith, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States on a mission involving aerial flight in Southeast Asia on 28 July 1967. On that date, Sergeant Smith descended on a forest penetrator to recover a downed Air Force pilot. Finding that a Stokes litter was the only practical means of recovering the injured survivor, he firmly secured the pilot to it and then, without retaining device of any kind and at great risk of his own life, sat astride the unstable rescue device as it was being lifted to the helicopter, all the while using his own body to protect the survivor from jungle foliage. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Smith has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

SMITH, JULES C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jules C. Smith, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near DaNang Airfield, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 April 1970. On that date, Sergeant Smith was lowered to the survivors of a Marine helicopter to give first aid to the injured survivors, and prepare them for recovery. His rescue helicopter came under extensive hostile fire and was forced to pull away leaving Sergeant Smith who gave protection and first aid to an injured Marine pilot, and directed the delivery of suppressive ordinance until their rescue could be completed. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Smith has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*SMITH, WILLIAM WARD (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William Ward Smith (3036593), Captain, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Smith distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with the 505th Tactical Control Group, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Born: January 15, 1934 at Ione, Arkansas
Home Town: Searcy, Arkansas

SORENSEN, LELAND H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leland H. Sorensen, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue/Recovery Specialist on an HH-53B rescue helicopter in Southeast Asia on 18 January 1969. On that date, Airman Sorensen was a crew member on a helicopter which rescued a seriously injured pilot who had been shot down in a heavily fortified hostile area. Because of the nature of the pilot's injuries, medical attention was required before he could be moved. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Airman Sorensen unhesitatingly exposed himself to heavy ground fire and descended the helicopter hoist to the injured man. For more than twenty minutes, he treated the injuries of the survivor, until he could finally be safely lifted into the helicopter. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Sorensen has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

SOUZA, JAMES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Souza, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 16 November 1966. On that date, Sergeant Souza, with complete disregard for his own safety, successfully retrieved two downed American pilots under hazardous combat conditions. Although his helicopter sustained numerous hits disrupting several major components of the aircraft, he courageously continued his mission to complete the rescue operation. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Souza has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

STAMEY, JONES L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jones L. Stamey, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist near Vinh Thanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 11 December 1968. On that date, Airman Stamey skillfully accomplished the combat extraction of eight critically injured survivors from a helicopter crash during a day/night operation in rugged, mountainous, jungle covered terrain in a hostile area. Airman Stamey's calm and professional performance of his duties in the face of intense hostile fire was of primary importance in the successful accomplishment of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Stamey has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

STANALAND, JOSEPH S.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph S. Stanaland, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 12 December 1970. On that date, Sergeant Stanaland and his fellow crewmembers voluntarily subjected themselves to great personal risk on three separate occasions in an attempt to rescue a critically injured American pilot from heavily defended hostile territory. Despite the fact that two rescue attempts had already been aborted due to intense hostile ground fire, Sergeant Stanaland, completely disregarding his own personal safety, voluntarily descended to the ground by rescue hoist and succeeded in recovering the inert pilot. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Stanaland has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (S.S. Mayaguez Incident)

STANEK, ALLEN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Allen R. Stanek, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Polei Djerang, Republic of Vietnam on 28 October 1966. On that date, Airman Stanek was the Pararescue Specialist on an HH-43F helicopter that entered an area of known hostile action for the night hoist recovery of four critically wounded Army personnel. Shortly after Airman Stanek was lowered to the ground to assist in the hoist operation, the immediate area came under heavy hostile fire, at which time the helicopter was shot down. He assisted in freeing he pilots from the wreckage, taking care of other Army wounded and returned small arms fire through the night. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Stanek has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

STEMPLE, JOHN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John H. Stemple, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Specialist on an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 8 November 1967. On that date, Sergeant Stemple attempted the night recovery of surrounded ground forces after two helicopters had been shot down on previous attempts. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Stemple exposed himself to intense, accurate hostile fire to direct and assist survivors into the helicopter. After the survivors were on board, he returned hostile fire with an M-60 machine gun. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Stemple has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

STEPHENS, JOHN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John W. Stephens, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Saravane, Laos on 21 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Stephens, a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-53C Rescue Helicopter, voluntarily flew into hostile territory under conditions of darkness and without the protection of Rescue Escort aircraft to accomplish the first Night Recovery System rescue of two American airmen. Knowing full well the presence of hostile forces, Sergeant Stephens unhesitatingly descended 150 feet into the dense jungle to assist on of the survivors in acquiring the rescue device. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Stephens has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

TAYLOR, ROY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy A. Taylor, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Specialist of an HH-3E rescue helicopter in Southeast Asia on 11 November 1967. On that date, Airman Taylor volunteered to descend on the forest penetrator into a jungle heavily infested with hostile ground forces. Suspended in the air, he maintained this exposed position for nearly twenty minutes as he worked to free a downed USAF pilot from entangling vines and bring him safely on board the helicopter. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Taylor has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

THAYER, GORDON C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gordon C. Thayer, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Phouc Vinh, Republic of Vietnam on 25 August 1966. On that date, Airman Thayer was a Pararescueman aboard a Rescue Helicopter, which was shot down and forced to crash-land while attempting to evacuate wounded Army personnel. Shaking off the effects of shock of the extremely hard landing and with complete disregard for personal safety, Airman Thayer tended to the Army wounded while subjecting himself to intense hostile fire. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Thayer has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

TOBEY, JOHN F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John F. Tobey, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue Technician near DaNang, Republic of Vietnam on 8 May 1967. On that date, Sergeant Tobey participated in the rescue of four wounded troops. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he left the helicopter and was lowered to the ground in known hostile territory to facilitate pickup of the wounded. When the rescue helicopter was then shot down, Sergeant Tobey was the first to reach the scene and immediately gave medical attention to the three who had been injured in the crash. Sergeant Tobey maintained a constant watch over the wounded until they were picked up. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Tobey has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

TOBIASON, KENNETH FRANKLIN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth Franklin Tobiason, Captain, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force, as an F-100 pilot with the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Republic of Vietnam, on 19 August 1967. On that date, Captain Tobiason was the leader of a flight of three F-100's who provided fighter air support enabling the rescue of two downed United States Army helicopter crewmen under attack by an overwhelming hostile force. Responding instantly to the request for support by the crew of the downed aircraft, Captain Tobiason completely disregarding his own personal safety, voluntarily executed continuous low altitude dry passes through extremely heavy hostile automatic weapons fire to protect the downed aircrew until rescue forces arrived. When a Forward Air Controller arrived and cleared his flight to expend ordnance, Captain Tobiason's outstanding courage and unerring accuracy directly resulted in the successful defense and recovery of the two downed aircrew members and inflicted severe damage upon the hostile weapons positions. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Tobiason has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Born: August 26, 1933 at Boston, Massachusetts
Home Town: Arlington, Massachusetts

VOGELE, MICHAEL D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael D. Vogele, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Laos from 10 February 1972 to 11 February 1972. On those dates, Airman Vogele flew an extremely hazardous mission deep into enemy territory to rescue two American airmen. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Airman Vogele manned his minigun position, completely exposing himself to possible hostile fire, and relayed valuable information to the pilot to keep the helicopter clear of the jungle covered mountainous terrain. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Vogele has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*WALSH, RICHARD AMBROSE (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard Ambrose Walsh (473447158), Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in Laos. Colonel Walsh distinguished himself by intrepid actions on while serving with 602d Special Operations Squadron, 56th Special Operations Wing, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota

WARD, ROBERT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Ward, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH- 3E Helicopter Pararescue Specialist in Southeast Asia on 20 October 1966. On that date, Airman Ward successfully recovered six downed friendly airman. Despite the intense, accurately directed hostile fire which damaged his own unarmed rescue helicopter, Airman Ward, with indomitable courage and professional skill, chose to land next to a disabled companion helicopter and retrieve the crew plus a previously rescued wounded pilot. With undaunted determination, Airman Ward then, amid hostile fire, sought and successfully recovered the second downed pilot. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Ward has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

WELLINGTON, LAWRENCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence Wellington, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States during the Prisoner of War search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam, on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Wellington, as a Paramedic flew deep into the heart of enemy territory in a bold night attempt to rescue American Prisoners of War. Throughout the entire mission, he manned his position with bravery and aggressiveness while maintaining the critical fire discipline necessary for properly conducting this humanitarian operation. During the return, he was a vital crew member in the pickup of a downed fighter pilot. The personal skill and extreme courage displayed by Sergeant Wellington in this very hazardous rescue attempt contributed immeasurably to the ultimate effectiveness and success of the mission. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Wellington has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

WELLS, NORMAN LOUROSS (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norman Louross Wells (0-3037386/13430498), Captain, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Yen Bay, North Vietnam, on 12 August 1966. On that date, after successfully completing his assigned mission against a target in the Thai Nguyen complex, Captain Wells observed another element of fighters being attacked by MIG-17 interceptors. Captain Wells averted the loss of the two friendly aircraft by plunging into the fight and selflessly placing his aircraft in a highly dangerous sandwich between the attacking fighters, driving one and drawing the other from their attacks on the friendly fighters. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Wells has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Home Town: , Virginia
Other Award: Air Force Cross (Vietnam)

WHEELER, DAVID J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David J. Wheeler, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near A Shau, Republic of Vietnam on 9 March 1966. On that date, Sergeant Wheeler performed as a Pararescue Technician aboard a rescue helicopter which flew through a hail of continuous fire and intense ground fire to aid in the rescue of downed USAF aircrew members holding out in their crashed aircraft only forty meters from Viet Cong positions. By his selfless participation in this courageous and aggressive action in the face of overwhelming odds, Sergeant Wheeler was instrumental in saving the lives of three seriously wounded airmen. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Wheeler has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

WHITE, STEPHEN T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen T. White, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as Rescue Specialist of an HH-3E helicopter in Southeast Asia on 20 October 1968. On that date, Sergeant White penetrated one of the most heavily defended areas of North Vietnam to attempt the rescue of a downed, seriously injured pilot. After successfully recovering the downed pilot, his own aircraft was destroyed by hostile fire. He and the injured pilot were thrown into the sea and sucked under the rolling helicopter. Sergeant White tenaciously held onto the injured pilot, pulled him to the surface and clear of the helicopter and, despite continuous hostile fire, remained with the helpless pilot and protected him from further injury until their recovery was effected. He unhesitatingly refused his own rescue until assured that the injured pilot was safely aboard the recovery aircraft. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant White has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

WILLIAMSON, DENNIS C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis C. Williamson, Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 2 June 1972. On that date, Sergeant Williamson, a Pararescue Recovery Specialist on an HH-53C rescue helicopter, voluntarily penetrated deep into an extremely hostile and heavily defended area of North Vietnam to assist in the recovery of a downed American airman. At great risk to his own life, he willingly exposed himself to hostile ground forces while manning his minigun position. Sergeant Williamson's professional skill in suppressing the ground fire being directed at his vulnerable aircraft was instrumental in the successful completion of this hazardous rescue. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Williamson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

WILLIAMSON, ROBERT B.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Williamson, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 22 May 1966. On that date, Airman Williamson, while flying as a Pararescue Specialist on an unarmed HH-3E rescue helicopter, assisted in recovering an American pilot whose aircraft was shot down over hostile territory. Disregarding his own safety, Airman Williamson voluntarily flew through heavy flak and automatic weapons fire to reach the injured survivor before the hostile forces could capture the downed pilot. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Williamson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

WILLIAMSON, ROBERT B.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Williamson, Airman Second Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force 5 October 1966. On that date, as a Pararescue Specialist on an HH-3E Rescue Helicopter, Airman Williamson proceeded deep into hostile territory and was successful in recovering one of two American pilots who had bailed out of their disabled aircraft. Disregarding his own safety, Airman Williamson voluntarily flew trough heavy automatic weapons and small arms fire in order to reach the injured survivor before the hostile forces could capture him. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Williamson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam)

WILLIS, EDWARD M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward M. Willis, Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as a Pararescue/Recovery Specialist in Southeast Asia on 8 October 1969. On that date, Sergeant Willis was a crewmember on an HH-53, which rescued a seriously injured airman from certain death. Sergeant Willis and his fellow crewmembers descended into a known hostile area before it was deemed safe. Sergeant Willis then descended on the rescue hoist to aid the downed airman who was hanging upside down unconscious in a tree, suspended only by his trapped, broken ankle. Although continuous ground fire was observed around his position, Sergeant Willis successfully completed the rescue and saved the injured airman from certain death. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Willis has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

*YEEND, RICHARD C., JR. (MIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard C. Yeend, Jr. (3119544), Captain, U.S. Air Force (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force during an air mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Yeend distinguished himself by intrepid actions while serving with 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 7th Air Force. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 7th Air Force, and the United States Air Force.
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YOUNG, JON H.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jon H. Young, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 2 March 1965. On that date, Airman Young, acting as a Pararescue Specialist of an HH-43F helicopter, flew rescue missions totaling two and one half hours over unfriendly territory in search of two downed American pilots. During this critical operation, the helicopter encountered continuous antiaircraft and small arms fire. After the successful rescue of one pilot, the helicopter made an approach to another parachute which had been sighted. While hovering over this area in search of the downed pilot, extremely accurate ground fire was encountered and a hit was sustained in one of the rotor blades. Airman Young was let down on the hoist to recover the missing pilot's equipment. After he had recovered, the helicopter was forced to withdraw. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Airman Young's helicopter flew cover for a second helicopter crew while they rescued an additional downed pilot. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Airman Young has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

YOUNG, JON H.
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Jon H. Young, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 2 March 1972. On that date, Sergeant Young, Pararescue Technician on an HH-53C helicopter, repeatedly volunteered to fly into an extremely hostile area in the rescue of a downed airman. Sergeant Young, fully exposed at his rear gun position, continuously suppressed hostile ground fire and was indispensable in aiding the pilot in maneuvering the aircraft to a safe area by locating the hostile gun positions. Sergeant Young's alertness, while under intense ground fire, was instrumental in spotting the survivor's position and directing the pilot over the survivor which saved valuable minutes in this vulnerable helicopter environment. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Young has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/2d OLC (Vietnam)

YOUNG, JON H.
(Third Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting a Second Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Silver Star Medal to Jon H. Young, Airman First Class, U.S. Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam on 10 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Young voluntarily flew into a highly hostile and heavily defended area to attempt the rescue of a downed American airman. Utilizing a handheld automatic weapon when his minigun malfunctioned, Sergeant Young deliberately stood in the open to defend his hovering helicopter against intense ground fire so that a position above the survivor could be maintained. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Young has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Award: Silver Star (Vietnam), Silver Star w/OLC (Vietnam)

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