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Michael John Estocin

Michael Estocin, Medal of Honor Recipient

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U.S. Navy
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Captain Estiocin was a pilot in Attack Squadron 192, embarked in U.S.S. Ticonderoga. Leading a three-plane group of aircraft in support of a coordinated strike against two thermal power plants in North Vietnam, he provided continuous warnings to the strike group leaders of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats, and personally neutralized three SAM sites. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by an exploding missile, he reentered the area and relentlessly prosecuted a SHRIKE attack in the face of intense antiaircraft fire. With less than five minutes of fuel remaining he departed the target area and commenced in-flight refueling which continued for over 100 miles. Three miles aft of Ticonderoga, and without enough fuel for a second approach, he disengaged from the tanker and executed a precise approach to a fiery arrested landing. On April 26, 1967, in support of a coordinated strike against the vital fuel facilities in Haiphong, he led an attack on a threatening SAM site, during which his aircraft was seriously damaged by an exploding SAM; nevertheless, he regained control of his burning aircraft and courageously launched his SHRIKE missiles before departing the area. He was subsequently lost in action.

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