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To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
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PAISLEY, MELVYN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Melvyn R. Paisley (0-774289), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 1 January 1945, during an air mission in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Second Lieutenant Paisley shot down four enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Second Lieutenant Paisley's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


PARTRIDGE, DONALD D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donald D. Partridge, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner of a Bomber in the EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 16 September 1943, against enemy ground at Nantes, France. When the aircraft in which he was a waist gunner was attacked by enemy fighters, Sergeant Partridge's right leg was shattered below the knee by the explosion of a cannon shell. In spite of great pain, shock, and loss of blood, Sergeant Partridge continued to man his gun. His actions were an inspiration to the members of the crew and upheld the highest traditions of the military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 96 (1943)


PATRICK, AUGUSTUS R., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Augustus R. Patrick, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 513th Bombardment Squadron, 376th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 31 January 1943, against enemy targets in the North African Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Patrick on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 33 (1943)
Home Town: Roper, North Carolina


PAWLOSWSKI, EDWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward J. Pawloswski, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 26 May 1944, in the China Theater of Operations. Captain Pawloswski's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-China Theater, General Orders No. 54 (1945)


*PEAR, SIDNEY A. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sidney A. Pear (0-797379), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Second Lieutenant Pear, in his capacity as Navigator acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged, and, despite the fact that gasoline was streaming from one of its damaged fuel tanks, continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Lieutenant Pear, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at his station. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Pear on this occasion, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)
Home Town: Hudson County, New Jersey


PEARSON, JOHN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John M. Pearson, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 95th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 13 June 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. On that date, First Lieutenant Pearson was the pilot of the lead aircraft, B-17G, in the 95th Bomb Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, on an operational flight to Kiel, Germany. First Lieutenant Pearson's aircraft lost one engine due to enemy fighter aircraft attack and anti-aircraft ground fire 10 minutes before arriving at the Initial Point of the bombing mission. First Lieutenant Pearson maintained his position, airspeed and altitude in the formation until the successful completion of this bombing mission and returned to England. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Pearson on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.


*PEDERSON, HAROLD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Harold L. Pederson (0-885297), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a an Airplane in aerial combat against enemy forces on 4 February 1943, in the North African Theater of Operations. On this date, Second Lieutenant Pederson was killed while trying to protect a pilot who had parachuted from his damaged aircraft. Second Lieutenant Pederson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 33 (1943)
Home Town: Benton County, Oregon


*PELL, FLOYD J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Floyd J. Pell (0-20701), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 33d Pursuit Squadron (Provisional), 8th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 19 February 1942, during an air mission near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Major Pell was Pilot of one of a flight of ten pursuit airplanes forced by unfavorable weather to turn back from a ferry flight from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies. When the flight arrived at Darwin, and before refueling could be effected, information of the approach of an enemy formation was received. When the approaching enemy, consisting of approximately sixty high-level bombers, thirty-six fighters and eighteen dive-bombers was intercepted, Major Pell, in spite of the tremendous odds, courageously attacked the enemy formation, inflicting heavy damage, and continued the attack until his airplane was shot down. Major Pell's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Ogden, Utah


PERDOMO, OSCAR F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Oscar F. Perdomo (0-763328), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 464th Fighter Squadron, 507th Fighter Group, TWENTIETH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 13 August 1945, during an air mission near Seoul, Korea. On that date, First Lieutenant Perdomo engaged a superior number of enemy aircraft, shooting down five in this one battle to become an ACE in a day. First Lieutenant Perdomo's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 112 (1946)
Born: June 14, 1919 at El Paso, Texas
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*PERES, JACK R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jack R. Peres (0-416707), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 33d Pursuit Squadron (Provisional), 8th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 19 February 1942, during an air mission near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Second Lieutenant Peres was Pilot of one of a flight of ten pursuit airplanes forced by unfavorable weather to turn back from a ferry flight from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies. When the flight arrived at Darwin, and before refueling could be effected, information of the approach of an enemy formation was received. When the approaching enemy, consisting of approximately sixty high-level bombers, thirty- six fighters and eighteen dive-bombers was intercepted, Lieutenant Peres, in spite of the tremendous odds, courageously attacked the enemy formation, inflicting heavy damage, and continued the attack until his airplane was shot down. Second Lieutenant Peres' unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*PERRY, ELTON STACY (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elton Stacy Perry (0-425042), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 33d Pursuit Squadron (Provisional), 8th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 19 February 1942, during an air mission near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Second Lieutenant Perry was Pilot of one of a flight of ten pursuit airplanes forced by unfavorable weather to turn back from a ferry flight from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies. When the flight arrived at Darwin, and before refueling could be effected, information of the approach of an enemy formation was received. When the approaching enemy, consisting of approximately sixty high-level bombers, thirty- six fighters and eighteen dive-bombers was intercepted, Lieutenant Perry, in spite of the tremendous odds, courageously attacked the enemy formation, inflicting heavy damage, and continued the attack until his airplane was shot down. Second Lieutenant Perry's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


PETERS, ROBERT O. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert O. Peters (0-442108), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 July 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Peters shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Peters' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Home Town: Franklin County, Ohio


PETERSEN, JACOB
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jacob Petersen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 20 May 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. Staff Sergeant Petersen's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 89 (1944)


PETERSON, CHESLEY GORDON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Chesley Gordon Peterson (0-885114), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane and Commanding Officer of the 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in May 1943. Lieutenant Colonel Peterson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 39 (1943)
Home Town: Salem, Idaho


PETTY, CHARLES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles A. Petty, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 October 1943, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Petty's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 18 (1944)


PHILLIPS, CLAUDE B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Claude B. Phillips, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier and Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese aerial forces during a Photo Reconnaissance Mission on 31 July 1942, over Wake Island. Technical Sergeant Phillips was a member of the crew of a B-17 flown by Major Glober that flew 1,300 miles to Wake Island to perform a photo reconnaissance, despite the fact that two previous attempts had been tried and the crews never returned. Major Glober made three passes over the island, one at 2,000 ft., a second at 4,000 ft. and the last at 6,000 ft. On being attacked by six enemy fighter aircraft, Technical Sergeant Phillips assisted in manning the guns and succeeded in beating off the attack, during which he displayed unusual determination and aggressiveness. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Phillips on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 140 (1942)
Home Town: Mililani, Hawaii


PHILLIPS, HUBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Hubert E. Phillips, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 385th Bombardment Squadron, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 June 1944, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Phillips on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 13 (1945)


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


PICKARD, JOHN G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John G. Pickard, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the ELEVENTH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 30 December 1942. Major Pickard's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 11th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Alaska Defense Command, General Orders No. 24 (1943)


PIERCE, SAMMY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sammy A. Pierce (0-888656/T00190601), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 December 1944, in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Pierce shot down four enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Pierce's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 51 (1945)
Home Town: Ayden, North Carolina


PITTMAN, CHARLES K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles K. Pittman, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 April 1944, in the China-Burma-India Theater of Action. First Lieutenant Pittman's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-India/Burma Theater, General Orders No. 163 (1945)


PLOETZ, FREDERICK F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frederick F. Ploetz (0-431504), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 68th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 January 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. During an air mission to the Shortland Islands, First Lieutenant Ploetz attacked and shot down an enemy aircraft. Though his own airplane was stuck by an enemy shell, shrapnel from which injured him in the shoulder, he safely brought his plane back to the airfield at Guadalcanal. First Lieutenant Ploetz's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 149 (1943)


POLIFKA, KARL L. (KIA-KOREA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Karl L. Polifka, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an F-4 Reconnaissance Airplane in the 3d Reconnaissance Group, TWELFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 26 November 1943, during an aerial reconnaissance mission over Mt. Maggiori, Italy. While elements of the U.S. Fifth Army were advancing into enemy positions in the Mt. Maggiori and Casino area, Lieutenant Colonel Polifka valiantly flew a daring reconnaissance mission to obtain intelligence information regarding enemy positions. Lieutenant Colonel Polifka's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 1 (1944)


POORE, WESLEY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wesley A. Poore, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. First Lieutenant Poore's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 56 (1944)


POSEY, JAMES T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James T. Posey, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Deputy Commander of a B-24 Heavy Bomber Force of the 68th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Lieutenant Colonel Posey, flying in the B-24 Bomber piloted Captain James Dieh, 68th Bombardment Squadron, led his force through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and despite the death of one of the gunners in his aircraft, continued on until his bomber and the remainder of the crew returned safely to base. The heroic leadership, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Posey on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)


POST, ARTHUR L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur L. Post, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 28 September 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. Captain Post's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 77 (1943)


POTTER, A. J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to A. J. Potter, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 August 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. Staff Sergeant Potter's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 85 (1943)


POTTS, RAMSEY D., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ramsey D. Potts, Jr., Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commander of a Squadron of B-24 Heavy Bombers of the 330th Bombardment Squadron, 93d Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Potts commanded his squadron gallantly as they flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds. In confusion while approaching the target, and with the primary target out of range, Major Potts directed his bombers to attack targets of opportunity, inflicting heavy damage on the German oil installations. The heroic leadership, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Potts on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 88 (1943)
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee


PREDDY, GEORGE E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George E. Preddy (0-430846), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 487th Fighter Squadron, 352d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 6 August 1944, during an air mission in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Preddy shot down six German ME-109 fighter aircraft in a single engagement. Major Preddy's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 49 (1944)
Home Town: Greensboro, North Carolina
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 2@ Silver Stars (WWII), Purple Heart


*PRICE, HERBERT M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Herbert M. Price (0-662667), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a Bomber while participating in a bombing mission on 5 November 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Price on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 19 (1944)
Home Town: Akron, Ohio


*PRICE, RAYMOND E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond E. Price (0-820820), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 565th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 December 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Price on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)
Home Town: Loraine, Texas


PRIEST, ROYCE W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Royce W. Priest (0-816831), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 18 August 1944, while leading the second element in the lead squadron on a dive-bombing mission over enemy occupied Europe. When his Squadron Commander's airplane was hit by flak and forced down in enemy territory, Lieutenant Priest, seeing his leader's plight, landed, threw out his parachute and dinghy, and took off with his Commander as passenger, both returning safely to base. The extreme courage of Lieutenant Priest's rescue has been an inspiration to his fellow officers and reflects highest credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (1944)
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*PRINCE, GEORGE A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George A. Prince (0-685215), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 781st Bombardment Squadron, 465th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 May 1944, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Action. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Prince on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 47 (1944)
Home Town: Oxford, Michigan


PRINCE, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William H. Prince, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 19 February 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Prince on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 34 (September 15, 1942)


PUGH, HERBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert W. Pugh, Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 65th Bombardment Squadron, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, in aerial action against enemy forces on 16 June 1943, during a Photo-Reconnaissance air mission over Bougainville Island. Sergeant Pugh was a member of a volunteer bomber crew which undertook an important and dangerous photo mapping mission over the heavily defended enemy base at Buka. Just before the photographing was completed, about twenty enemy fighters attacked. The bomber was extensively damaged and five of the crew were seriously wounded. After a forty-five minute running fight, in which five enemy planes were destroyed and two damaged, the bomber was flown safely to its base five hundred and eighty miles away. Sergeant Pugh showed admirable skill and determined courage on this voluntary mission, which secured information of great value in subsequent operations. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 66 (1943)
Home Town: Steelton, Pennsylvania


PUTNAM, WALTER B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter B. Putnam (0-22508), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 April 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. Captain Putnam's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 26 (1942)

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RADTKE, DEAN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dean M. Radtke, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 418th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 December 1943, against enemy targets in in the European Theater of Operations. On a bombing mission to Ludwigshaven, Lieutenant Radtke's aircraft sustained severe flak damage in the target area. It was then attacked by a pair or FW-190's southwest of Abbeville where a number of 20-mm. shells riddled the left wing and nose. One shell socked through the navigators compartment and struck the copilot in the head and he was decapitated. Shell fragments struck Lieutenant Radtke, wounding him in the face, head, and in the neck next to his jugular vein. One fragment completely closed his right eye and splinters from the instrument panel were driven into the muscles of his right leg, rendering it useless. The explosion also ripped the oxygen mask from his face and stunned the engineer. Upon regaining his senses, the engineer could see the pilot and copilot slumped over the controls. Blood was splattered over the shell-pitted cockpit. The windows were shattered and broken. At this time Lieutenant Radtke regained consciousness and called the rest of the crew and reassured them everything was ok. Most of the crew was unaware of the damage in the cockpit and the loss of the copilot or the injuries he had sustained. Due to the loss of one engine and severed control cables, the plane lagged behind the formation. Lieutenant Radtke made the decision to attempt to regain position in the formation. Failure to do so would result in the damaged aircraft trying to make it back alone over enemy territory with German fighters looking for "stragglers" to pick off. With fingers useless because of severe cuts, he used the butts of his hands to manipulate the controls and fought his way back into position. Upon reaching Thorpe Abbotts, Lieutenant Radtke brought his ship in for a prefect landing. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Radtke on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 19 (1944)


RAHNER, RAYMOND M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Raymond M. Rahner, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 422d Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 March 1943, against enemy targets near Rennes, France. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Rahner on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 26 (1943)


*RAMEY, GORDON A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gordon A. Ramey (0-753547), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 10 November 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Ramey's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 42 (1945)
Home Town: Mississippi County, Arkansas


*RAMEY, HOWARD K. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Howard K. Ramey (0-10874), Brigadier General, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while Commanding, V Bomber Command, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. Brigadier General Ramey's gallant leadership and unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 16 (1943)
Home Town: Wayne County, Mississippi
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart


RAMEY, ROGER M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roger M. Ramey, Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the Commanding Officer, 43d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 February 1943, while participating in an attack on the Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain. As command pilot leading a flight against the base, Colonel Ramey remained at the scene of attack for over two hours, making 20 passes over the target, dropping flares on each run, and thus drawing attention of searchlights and diverting much of the anti-aircraft fire from other bombers to his own. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Ramey on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 17 (1943)
Born: at Sulphur Springs, Texas
Home Town: Denton, Texas


RANDERSON, LUTHER W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Luther W. Randerson (0-725789), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an F-5 Photo-Reconnaissance Airplane in the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron, 69th Reconnaissance Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 February 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Randerson shot down three enemy aircraft in a single mission. Major Randerson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 45 (1945)


RANKIN, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert J. Rankin (0-743089), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 12 May 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date as Pilot of a fighter air plane, First Lieutenant Rankin became an ACE in a day, shooting down five enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Rankin's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 36 (1944)
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


RAU, OSCAR J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Oscar J. Rau (0-710831), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 318th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, FIFTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 5 November 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Rau shot down four enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Rau's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 15 (1945)


RAUSCHKOLB, FRANK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Frank Rauschkolb, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a PBY Rescue Airplane of the 2d Emergency Rescue Squadron (PBY), 5230th Composite Rescue Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese forces on 4 March 1945, off Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. Lieutenant Rauschkolb, Pilot of a Catalina type rescue plane, landed near the enemy-held shore to pick up the crew of an American bomber forced down at sea. Sighting the survivors on a raft exposed to fire from five enemy barges armed with 20-mm. and 50 caliber guns, he calmly carried out the rescue while strafing bombers held off the hostile vessels. Then, learning that another bomber had crashed five hundred yards off shore, he taxied to the position under intense fire took the crew aboard. Although the plane was then being flooded through leaks caused by enemy hits, he taxied toward a third bomber which had been forced down, and picked up its crew. By this time the after hatches were flooded with two feet of water and the overloading of the plane made it necessary to jettison all of the ammunition and four hundred gallons of gasoline. After three attempts had been made to take off, the damaged and overloaded plane was finally airborne, and returned safely with the survivors. Lieutenant Rauschkolb's coolness and outstanding heroism in carrying out a large scale rescue under enemy fire were directly responsible for saving the lives of seventeen American flyers. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Rauschkolb on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 42 (1945)


RAY, CHARLES P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles P. Ray, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 November 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Ray's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 19 (1944)


*RAY, JOHN W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John W. Ray, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving in the XXI Bomber Command, TWENTIETH Air Force, in action against enemy forces on 27 December 1944. First Lieutenant Ray's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Department of the Air Force, General Orders No. 57 (1950)


REAMS, LUTHER S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Luther S. Reams, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 28 February 1945, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Reams' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 83 (1945)


REEDER, SUMNER H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sumner H. Reeder, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 349th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 September 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Reeder on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 16 (1944)


REEVES, CHARLES T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles T. Reeves, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 19 January 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Reeves on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 19 (1942)


RICE, BURT H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Burt H. Rice, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 33d Pursuit Squadron (Provisional), 8th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 19 February 1942, during an air mission near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Second Lieutenant Rice was Pilot of one of a flight of ten pursuit airplanes forced by unfavorable weather to turn back from a ferry flight from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies. When the flight arrived at Darwin, and before refueling could be effected, information of the approach of an enemy formation was received. When the approaching enemy, consisting of approximately sixty high-level bombers, thirty-six fighters and eighteen dive- bombers was intercepted, Lieutenant Rice, in spite of the tremendous odds, courageously attacked the enemy formation, inflicting heavy damage, and continued the attack until his airplane was shot down. Second Lieutenant Rice's unquestionable valor in aerial combat, at the cost of his life, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 27 (1942)


*RICHARDS, CONRAD B. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Conrad B. Richards (0-764091), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 325th Bombardment Squadron, 92d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 October 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Richards on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


RIDOLFI, PETER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Peter J. Ridolfi, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. Staff Sergeant Ridolfi's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 18 (1944)


*RIGHETTI, ELWYN G. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Elwyn G. Righetti (0-396312), Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the Headquarters, 55th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 7 April 17, 1945, flying escort for a bombing mission over Dresden, Germany. Colonel Righetti's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 134 (1945)
Home Town: San Luis Obispo, California


*RIST, ROBERT P. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert P. Rist (0-730612), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 13 February 1943, in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. On this date, in aerial combat, Second Lieutenant Rist shot down two enemy aircraft. Second Lieutenant Rist's unquestionable valor in aerial 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 Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Ward County, North Dakota
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart


RITCHEY, ANDREW JACKSON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andrew Jackson Ritchey (0-763734), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 April 1945, while leading a single wingman in a weather reconnaissance mission over Western Germany. On this date, Lieutenant Ritchey engaged enemy fighter aircraft in the vicinity of an enemy airdrome and destroyed two of them. Shortly thereafter, although he had expended much of his ammunition, he led his wingman in an aggressive attack on more than ninety FW 190's. Attacking relentlessly, despite the fact that he was completely surrounded by the hostile fighters, Lieutenant Ritchey destroyed an additional enemy aircraft while the balance of the enemy formation fled in rout. The extraordinary heroism and determination of this officer to destroy the enemy is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 55 (1945)
Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas


ROBBINS, JAY THORPE
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jay Thorpe Robbins (0-405112), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 4 September 1943. On this date First Lieutenant Robbins shot down four enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Robbins' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 82 (1943)

ROBBINS, JAY THORPE
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Jay Thorpe Robbins (0-405112), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 24 October 1943. On this date, for the second time in less than two month, First Lieutenant Robbins shot down four enemy aircraft in a single mission. First Lieutenant Robbins' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 69 (1944)
Born: September 16, 1919 at Coolidge, Texas
Home Town: Coolidge, Texas
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


*ROBERTS, DANIEL T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Daniel T. Roberts (0-426977), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-39 Fighter Airplane in the 433d Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 2 November 1943. Captain Roberts' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 26 (1944)
Home Town: Colfax County, New Mexico
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, 3@ Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medal, Purple Heart


ROBERTS, EUGENE P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Eugene P. Roberts (0-403830), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 84th Fighter Squadron, 78th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 30 July 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Major Roberts shot down two FW-190s and one BF-109 to become the first American in the European theatre to score a "triple" victory in a single outing. Major Roberts' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 73 (1943)
Born: September 12, 1917 at Wallace, Idaho
Home Town: Spokane, Washington


*ROBINSON, STANLEY K. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Stanley K. Robinson (0-17388), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the Headquarters, 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 29 January 1942, against enemy Japanese surface vessels in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Colonel Robinson led his squadron against an enemy concentration of transports, one of which was sunk and another which was damaged. His squadron, while battling enemy planes, also damaged an enemy cruiser. Lieutenant Colonel Robinson was shot down and failed to return from this heroic air mission. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Robinson on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)
Born: at Reno, Nevada
Home Town: San Diego, California


ROCHE, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John R. Roche, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 330th Bombardment Squadron, 93d Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Captain Roche flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Roche on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 88 (1943)


ROGERS, ARTHUR H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur H. Rogers, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 400th Bombardment Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period from 1 December 1942 through 10 April 11943, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. Colonel Rogers displayed great courage in repeated attacks against the enemy during this period. On 1 December 1942, he led four squadrons of his group in a daylight strike against four enemy destroyers off Gasmata, New Britain. Despite interception by thirty five to forty enemy fighters and intense anti-aircraft fire, three bombing runs were made from low altitude and eight enemy aircraft destroyed. He volunteered to test new features of a bomber in combat conditions, and flew alone for an hour and a half over Wewak unsuccessfully seeking enemy opposition. On another occasion he flew an individual reconnaissance mission in Hansa Bay area and inflicted damage on a 4500 ton enemy vessel. On 10 April 1943, he piloted a bomber in a strike against enemy shipping in Wewak Harbor. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire which destroyed his hydraulic system, runs were made which damaged or destroyed two vessels. When leaving the target area another ship was sighted, and although his bombs were gone, plane badly damaged and a crash landing inevitable, he made three strafing attacks which left the enemy ship in flames. Colonel Rogers exhibited great daring over this period and consistently sought out and defeated the enemy. His personal courage and devotion to duty have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 1 (1944)


*ROGERS, ROBERT J. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Robert J. Rogers (0-735819), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 460th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 2 April 1944, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Rogers on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 68 (1946)
Home Town: Decatur, Georgia


ROLLER, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John R. Roller, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 1 May 1943, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Staff Sergeant Roller's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 40 (1943)


*RORER, GEORGE A., JR. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George A. Rorer, Jr. (0-822968), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 428th Bombardment Squadron, 310th Bombardment Group (M), TWELFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 10 March 1945, during an air mission over Via Cassia, Italy . The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Rorer on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 90 (1945)
Home Town: Cedarhurst, Long Island, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 8@ Air Medals, Purple Heart


ROSE, DUDLEY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dudley E. Rose, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 24 March 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Rose's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 142 (1945)


ROSE, HENRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Henry J. Rose, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 5 May 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Rose on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 24 (1942)


ROSENTHAL, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert Rosenthal, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 418th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 3 February 1945, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Rosenthal on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 53 (1945)
Home Town: Harrison, New York


ROYCE, RALPH
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ralph Royce, Brigadier General, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in aerial combat while serving as the Senior Air Staff Officer, Allied Air Force Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area, in action against enemy forces during the period 10 through 14 April 1942. On 11 April Brigadier General Royce led a flight of 7 B- 25Cs and 3 B-17s from Australia to a staging field of Del Monte on Mindanao in the Philippines in a daring 4-day mission. Over the following two days the B-25's and B-17's attacked the many ships and the docks at Cebu, the air and harbor facilities at Davao, and Nichols Field on Luzon. The B-25 Mitchell's were involved in over twenty sorties. They sank one Jap transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The gallant leadership, personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Brigadier General Royce during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in Australia, General Orders No. 39 (1942)
Born: at Marquette, Michigan
Home Town: Marquette, Michigan


RUEGG, ROBERT G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert G. Ruegg, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 1 to 14 April 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. While acting as Squadron Commander during this period, Lieutenant Ruegg lead his squadron without fighter protection on four highly successful raids on enemy airdromes, and in spite of violent enemy fighter opposition, was able to destroy eighteen enemy airplanes and to cause heavy damage to installation and runway without undue losses to the squadron. Through the repeated courageous leadership of Lieutenant Ruegg, personnel and installations of the Port Moresby area were afforded increased protection from enemy air raids at a time when such aid was critically needed. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Ruegg during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 24 (1942)

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SACKS, SEYMOUR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Seymour Sacks, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 23 May 1945. Second Lieutenant Sacks' unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Air Forces, General Orders No. 21 (1945)


SANFORD, JAMES T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James T. Sanford, Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese aerial forces during a Photo Reconnaissance Mission on 31 July 1942, over Wake Island. Sergeant Sanford was a member of the crew of a B-17 flown by Major Glober that flew 1,300 miles to Wake Island to perform a photo reconnaissance, despite the fact that two previous attempts had been tried and the crews never returned. Major Glober made three passes over the island, one at 2,000 ft., a second at 4,000 ft. and the last at 6,000 ft. On being attacked by six enemy fighter aircraft, Sergeant Sanford assisted in manning the guns and succeeded in beating off the attack, during which he displayed unusual determination and aggressiveness. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Sanford on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 140 (1942)
Home Town: Suffolk County, New York


SANFORD, WILLIAM L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William L. Sanford, Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while in the XX Bomber Command, TWENTIETH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 August 1944. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Sanford on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of Department Commander, Twentieth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 118 (1945)


SANS, CHARLES H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles H. Sans, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 379th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 25 June 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Sans on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 79 (1943)


*SAUNDERS, LESTER W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lester W. Saunders (36600511), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 418th Bombardment Squadron, 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 October 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Saunders on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 97 (1943)
Home Town: Cook County, Illinois


SCHELLIN, ROY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Roy L. Schellin, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 100th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 14 July 1943, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Schellin on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1943)


*SCHILD, WILLIAM C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William C. Schild (0-690259), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 22 June 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Schild's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 9 (1945)
Home Town: Orange County, New York


SCHILLING, DAVID C.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to David C. Schilling (0-393204), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 9 April 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Colonel Schilling shot down two enemy aircraft. Lieutenant Colonel Schilling's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 31 (1944)

SCHILLING, DAVID C.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to David C. Schilling (0-393204), Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 23 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Colonel Schilling shot down five enemy aircraft to become an ACE in a single day. Lieutenant Colonel Schilling's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 4 (1945)
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWII)


SCHILTZ, GLENN D., JR. (MIA-KIA KOREAN WAR)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Glenn D. Schiltz, Jr. (0-424733/10634A), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 63d Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 August 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date Lieutenant Schiltz shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Schiltz's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 73 (1943)
Born: March 15, 1919 at North Canton, Ohio
Home Town: North Canton, Ohio


SCHOLZ, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard J. Scholz (0-818440), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 17 December 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date First Lieutenant Scholz shot down one enemy airplane. First Lieutenant Scholz's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)


SCHREIBER, LEROY A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Leroy A. Schreiber (0-401242), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 62d Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 20 February 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date as Captain Schreiber shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. Captain Schreiber's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 25 (1944)
Home Town: Plymouth, Massachusetts


SCHULMAN, HERBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert E. Schulman, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 17 September 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Schulman's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1945)


*SCHUMAN, JOHN P. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John P. Schuman (0-437472), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator of a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Lieutenant Schuman displayed extraordinary heroism during a torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. The success of the mission was dependent entirely upon the skill, courageousness and unfaltering devotion to duty of the crew members of the airplanes participating, who unhesitatingly entered into the attack at great personal risk to their lives in the face of concentrated gunfire of Japanese Naval forces and fighter planes. During this, the first torpedo attack ever carried out by the Army Air Forces, the airplane on which Lieutenant Schuman was navigator, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Schuman on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 117 (1942)
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


SCONIERS, EDWARD T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edward T. Sconiers, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 97th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 August 1942, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Sconiers on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 30 (1942)
Home Town: De Funiak Springs, Florida


SEAMAN, THEODORE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Theodore L. Seaman, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 7 November 1944, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Seaman's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 52 (1945)


SEITH, LOUIS T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Louis T. Seith (0-25457), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 483d Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 July 18, 1944, against enemy targets near Memmingen, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Seith on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 45 (1944)


*SEITZ, BERNARD C. (MIA-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Bernard C. Seitz (32027847), Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner of a B-26 Medium Bomber of the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron, 22d Bombardment Group (M), FAR EAST Air Force (Detached), in aerial action against enemy surface forces on 4 June 1942, during an engagement near Midway Island. Corporal Seitz displayed extraordinary heroism during a torpedo-bombing mission against the Japanese Navy. The success of the mission was dependent entirely upon the skill, courageousness and unfaltering devotion to duty of the crew members of the airplanes participating, who unhesitatingly entered into the attack at great personal risk to their lives in the face of concentrated gunfire of the Japanese Naval forces and fighter planes. During this, the first torpedo attack ever carried out by the Army Air Forces, the airplane on which Corporal Seitz was gunner, was lost. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Seitz on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 117 (1942)
Home Town: Madison County, New York


SELLERS, THOMAS D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas D. Sellers, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 535th Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 October 1943, against enemy targets near Bremen, Germany. While over the target, the pilot, Lieutenant Minerich was killed instantly when a 20-mm. shell exploded in his face. A second shell wounded Lieutenant Sellers in his left arm. His navigator and bombardier were both wounded. His engineer was unable to stand on his turret platform because of the slick layer of blood covering it. Despite his painful wounds, Lieutenant Sellers flew the ship home alone, holding perfect formation and successfully performing evasive action. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Sellers on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 91 (1943)
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia


SEWART, ALLAN J., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Allan J. Sewart, Jr., Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 26th Bombardment Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 12 October 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Sewart on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 12 (1943)
Home Town: Cameron County, Texas


*SHAW, WILLIAM S. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to William S. Shaw (0-408858), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 9 October 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. On this date, in aerial combat, Captain Shaw shot down one enemy airplane. Captain Shaw's unquestionable valor in aerial 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 Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 299 (1943)
Home Town: Sunflower County, Mississippi


SHELTON, STEPHEN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stephen C. Shelton, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. Second Lieutenant Shelton's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 47 (1944)


SHINGLER, HERBERT I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Herbert I. Shingler, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 415th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Major Shingler flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Shingler on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 81 (1943)
Home Town: Ashburn, Georgia


SHIREY, HARRY RAY (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry Ray Shirey (13108116), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 339th Bombardment Squadron, 96th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 May 1944, against enemy targets near Bremen, Germany. On that date, when is B-17 was crippled by enemy fighter attacks, Staff Sergeant Shirey refused to bail out. Although painfully wounded in both legs, he remained at his guns to keep the attacking enemy at bay until the rest of the crew could safely leave the airplane. Staff Sergeant Shirey continued to return the enemy fire until the B-17 exploded, when he barely escaped with his life. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Shirey on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 26 (June 9, 1949)
Home Town: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania


SHUBIN, MURRAY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Murray J. Shubin (0-730638), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 339th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, THIRTEENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 June 1943, during an air mission near Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. On that date, First Lieutenant Shubin led a flight a formation of four twin-engine P-38 Lightnings in intercepting a group of about fifty Japanese fighter planes. Drawing off the enemy's rear cover of some fifteen Zeroes, he shot down two in the ensuing skirmish before finding himself alone after the other American planes retired because of damage and lack of ammunition. For the next forty-five minutes, Shubin used brilliant maneuvering and frugal use of ammunition to demolish five of the Zeroes, one by one. He shattered one Zero with a single burst and then, from a steep spiral dive, scored a full deflection shot on another, destroying it. Then, with three enemy aircraft directly to his rear, he slashed back toward one Zero, sending it downward, smoking. The two remaining Zeroes sought to escape, but Lieutenant Shubin gave chase and riddled one, causing it to dive earthward. First Lieutenant Shubin's unquestionable valor in aerial 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 Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 188 (1943)
Born: at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Dormont, Pennsylvania


*SILVA, LOUIS T. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Louis T. Silva (45343), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 9th Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 January 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Silva on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)
Home Town: Marin, California


SIMERAL, GEORGE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to George A. Simeral, Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-29 Very Heavy Bomber in the 52d Bombardment Squadron, 29th Bombardment Group (VH), TWENTIETH Air Force, while participating in a daring daylight incendiary assault on the key city of Kobe, Japan on 5 June 1945. Although enemy fighters were in the assembly area, Major Simeral assembled his formation with utmost skill. En route to the assembly point several enemy fighters attacked the formation without success while others flew along side out of reach of our guns. As the formation reached the initial point of the long bombing run, all the heavy guns of the heavily defended area opened fire, and having evidently received very accurate information from the trailing aircraft, the enemy gunners scored hits immediately on several aircraft in the formation. Major Simeral kept his aircraft and formation steady and level on the briefed axis of attack. As the formation continued on the twelve minute bombing run, the flak increased steadily in intensity and accuracy. No aircraft was spared flak damage. The deputy leader receiving a direct hit in the bomb bay, lost several thousand feet and continued on. Two minutes before the release point, Major Simeral's air craft sustained a direct hit in No. 4 engine. Eight hundred gallons of gas gushed out of the hole, three feet in diameter, in the outer wing panel. A blazing wing fire broke out immediately. Since the deputy leader had already been shot down, Major Simeral rather than drop out of formation and take emergency procedures to save himself from the impending explosion, elected to stay in the lead position to insure accurate bombing results. By keeping power on the burning engine, Major Simeral heroically maintained his airspeed and altitude in the lead position with such unusual skill that the bombs of the entire formation bracketed the M.P.I. After bombs away Major Simeral feathered the burning engine and by necessity dropped out of formation. While he desperately fought to get the wing fire out, twelve Japanese fighters closed in for a kill on the lone aircraft. In a vicious aerial battle, Major Simeral's crew destroyed three enemy fighters and damaged others. Near lands-end the fire was extinguished. A second group of fighters approached for an attack. Both the upper and aft turrets on his aircraft were out of ammunition. Two B-29 aircraft of the formation dropped back in time to ward off the fighters successfully. Major Simeral flew the badly damaged aircraft safely to Iwo Jima. This heroic achievement accounted for a highly successful mission against opposition which calculated to render our attacks ineffective. Major Simeral risking his own life to guarantee his success, has set himself apart from his comrades. His personal courage and devotion to duty on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 20th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Air Forces, General Orders No. 26 (1945)
Home Town: Pixley, California


SIMS, TOMMIE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Tommie J. Sims, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of an A-20 Medium Bomber in the 9th Bombardment Division (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 27 May 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. In a bombing mission over enemy territory, as Second Lieutenant Sims turned his Havoc into the run, flak struck to damage ship and pilot. The plane's right engine was knocked out. The lieutenant's left arm was broken and he was wounded in both thighs. Bleeding, in pain, Lieutenant Simms kept his plane in formation and dropped his bombs on the target. The craft lost speed and altitude, dropped behind the formation. Afraid of fainting, Lieutenant Simms ordered his crew to bail out. Alone, barely conscious, one arm useless, and the target of continuous flak, he kept his course to England. Too exhausted even to attempt lowering his wheels, and with a fuzzed bomb in the bomb bay, he guided his plane safely to earth. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Sims on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 48 (1944)
Home Town: Hollis, Oklahoma


SKINNER, WILLIAM E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to William E. Skinner, Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 38th Bombardment Group (M), FIFTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 18 August 1943, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Skinner on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 62 (1943)


SLADE, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard J. Slade, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 3 November 1945, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Slade's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 31 (1945)


SLESSOR, LEE D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lee D. Slessor, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Second Lieutenant Slessor flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Slessor on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)


SMART, JACOB E. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Jacob E. Smart (0-18516), Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer of the 97th Bombardment Group (H), FIFTEENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 10 May 10, 1944, against a vitally important and heavily defended aircraft production center in Wiener-Neustadt, Austria. Colonel Smart remained with a ship damaged by a direct hit until he was assured that his group would accurately bomb the target. Leaving the protective formation to return the crippled ship to its base, Colonel Smart displayed great courage in remaining with the ship when its condition would have warranted abandonment. Colonel Smart's courage, resourcefulness and determination led to his selection to lead an attack on another vital target in the same area on 10 May 1944. With the skill and courage that he had displayed on twenty-seven raids during the period of 18 March 1944 to 10 May 1944, Colonel Smart again was successful in bringing his group through unusually severe weather conditions and augmented aircraft defense to the beginning of the bomb run when his ship was observed to explode. The gallant, intrepid leadership displayed by Colonel Smart in accomplishing his assignment regardless of hazard or opposition upholds the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 15th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 32 (June 12, 1944)
Born: May 31, 1909 at Ridgeland, South Carolina
Home Town: Jesup, Georgia


SMITH, DONOVAN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Donovan F. Smith (0-665628), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 December 1943, during an air mission over Emden, Germany. On this date First Lieutenant Smith shot down two enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of a third. First Lieutenant Smith's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 26 (1944)
Born: at Dowagiac, Michigan


SMITH, EDMOND H. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Edmond H. Smith, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 564th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Staff Sergeant Smith acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged, and, despite the fact that gasoline was streaming from one of its damaged fuel tanks, continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Smith, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast by his guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Smith on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)


*SMITH, GEORGE A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to George A. Smith (0-790047), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a C-47 Troop Carrier Airplane in the 49th Troop Carrier Squadron, 313d Troop Carrier Group, NINTH Air Force, in action in March 1945, flying paratroopers and supplies in Africa, Italy and Northern Europe. Major Smith was killed in action on 24 March on a return flight in support of the battle of the crossing of the Rhine River. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Smith, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 135 (1945)
Born: at Shreveport, Louisiana


SMITH, HARRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Harry W. Smith, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Navigator on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group (H), THIRTEENTH Air Force, in action against enemy Japanese aerial forces during a Photo Reconnaissance Mission on 31 July 1942, over Wake Island. Lieutenant Smith was a member of the crew of a B-17 flown by Major Glober that flew 1,300 miles to Wake Island to perform a photo reconnaissance, despite the fact that two previous attempts had been tried and the crews never returned. Major Glober made three passes over the island, one at 2,000 ft., a second at 4,000 ft. and the last at 6,000 ft. On being attacked by six enemy fighter aircraft, Lieutenant Smith assisted in manning the guns and succeeded in beating off the attack, during which he displayed unusual determination and aggressiveness. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Smith on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 13th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 140 (1942)


*SMITH, JACK E. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jack E. Smith (18081681), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Radio Operator and Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 566th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Sergeant Smith acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Sergeant Smith, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at his station. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Smith on this occasion, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)
Home Town: Bowie, Texas


SMITH, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James R. Smith, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. First Lieutenant Smith participated in a daring 4-day mission under the command of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, who led a flight of seven B-25Cs and three B-17s from Australia to a staging field at Del Monte on Mindanao in the Philippine Islands. Over the following two days the B-25's and B-17's attacked the many ships and the docks at Cebu, the air and harbor facilities at Davao, and Nichols Field on Luzon. The B-25 Mitchell's were involved in over twenty sorties. They sank one Japanese transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Smith during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 56 (1942)


*SMITH, MACK H. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Mack H. Smith (34450737), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Staff Sergeant Smith acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Smith, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Smith on this occasion, at the cost of his life, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 89 (1943)
Home Town: Davidson County, North Carolina


SMITH, STEPHEN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Stephen M. Smith, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 40th Pursuit Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 June 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Smith's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 19 (1942)


*SNYDER, DONALD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald L. Snyder (33501348), Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 364th Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission in January 1943, against enemy targets in the North African Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Technical Sergeant Snyder on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 25 (1943)
Home Town: Dauphin County, Pennsylvania


SPENCER, CHARLES W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles W. Spencer, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Bombardier of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 358th Bombardment Squadron, 303d Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 26 November 1943, against enemy targets in Germany. On that date, a 20-mm. shell exploded in the nose of Second Lieutenant Spencer's bomber, killing the navigator, seriously injuring Lieutenant Spencer, and destroying the Plexiglas nose. The flight engineer removed Lieutenant Spencer to a position of safety, but Lieutenant Spencer, realizing that enemy fighters were attacking and thinking only of protecting his crew members and the plane, crawled back to his guns to ward off the attacks. Exposing himself to the extreme cold blast through the nose, and facing the possibility of being thrown out by evasive action, Lieutenant Spencer remained at his post until the attacks ceased. In doing so, Lieutenant Spencer sustained frostbite so severe that only by the barest margin were surgeons able to save his life. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Spencer on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 11 (1944)


SPENCER, DALE F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Dale F. Spencer (0-758874), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 376th Fighter Squadron, 361st Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 29 May 1944, in the European Theater of Action. On this date Second Lieutenant Spencer shot down four enemy aircraft in a single mission. Second Lieutenant Spencer's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 44 (1944)


SPRAGUE, CHARLES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles A. Sprague, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 17th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in 1942, in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Sprague's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Office of the Department Commander, South West Pacific Command, General Orders No. 2 (1942)


*STACH, PAUL J. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Paul J. Stach (0-409775), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 455th Bombardment Squadron, 323d Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 6 June 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Major Stach on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 38 (1945)
Home Town: Fort Bend County, Texas


STARCZWESKI, PHILLIP R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Phillip R. Starczweski, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 12 April 1945, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. First Lieutenant Starczweski's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 75 (1945)


STARKS, RICHARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Richard F. Starks, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 21 August 1942, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Starks on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 30 (1942)


*STEELE, HENRY P. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Henry P. Steele (0-374743), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 86th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. First Lieutenant Steele's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 24 (1944)
Home Town: Lexington, Kentucky


STEEN, ZERRILL J. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Zerrill J. Steen, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Flight Engineer and Gunner in a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 566th Bombardment Squadron, 389th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Staff Sergeant Steen acquitted himself with great skill as his aircraft flew through one of the most heavily defended areas of Europe. When the plane on which he served was severely damaged he continued on, in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Over the blazing target, Staff Sergeant Steen, with heroic calm and unflinching loyalty, remained steadfast at guns. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Steen on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Ninth U.S. Army Air Force, General Orders No. 90 (1943)


STEFFY, ROBERT F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert F. Steffy (0-799668), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 40th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 14 December 1944. On this date First Lieutenant Steffy shot down three enemy aircraft in a single engagement. First Lieutenant Steffy's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 54 (1945)


STEWART, JAMES C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to James C. Stewart (0-366788), Major (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 8 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, in aerial combat, Major Stewart shot down two enemy aircraft. Major Stewart's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 43 (1944)


STEWART, WALTER T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter T. Stewart, Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 330th Bombardment Squadron, 93d Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force (Attached), while participating in a bombing mission on 1 August 1943, against the Ploesti Oil Refineries in Rumania. During a long and hazardous attack against a vital enemy oil installation made at low-altitude by a formation of B-24 type aircraft, Lieutenant Stewart flew through heavy enemy fire against impossible odds, and then brought his crew safely back to base without the loss of a single man. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Stewart on this occasion, even when confronted with practically certain destruction, exemplified the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Born: at Benjamin, Utah
Home Town: Benjamin, Utah


*STIPE, LEON D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leon D. Stipe (17037932), Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a C-47 Troop Carrier Airplane in the 12th Squadron, 60th Troop Carrier Group, TWELFTH Air Force, while participating in an air mission on 9 November 1942, in Algeria. Single-handed, from the door of a troop carrier airplane in flight, Sergeant Stipe operated a machine gun against attacking aircraft. When seriously wounded in the foot, he continued to operate his weapon until he was struck in the head by enemy fire. The courage and heroism displayed by Sergeant Stipe in an action which cost him his life reflects the greatest credit upon himself, the 12th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army-North African Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 3 (February 9, 1943)
Home Town: Page County, Iowa


STIREMAN, JOHN O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to John O. Stireman, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Waist Gunner of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 100th Bombardment Group, EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 14 July 1943, against enemy ground targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Stireman on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 61 (1943)
Home Town: Superior, Wisconsin


STOROVICH, ROBERT D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert D. Storovich, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Tail Gunner on a B-24 Heavy Bomber in the 44th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 1 October 1943, against enemy ground targets near Wiener-Neustadt, Germany. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Storovich on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 19 (1944)


STRAND, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert E. Strand, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Co-Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 544th Bombardment Squadron, 384th Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 20 June 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. During a bombing mission Lieutenant Edward Thoma, Pilot of First Lieutenant Strand's B-17 Bomber, was killed in action. Through his courage and skill First Lieutenant Strand brought his damaged airplane back to his base. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Strand on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 48 (1944)


STRASBURGER, ALVIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Alvin Strasburger, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 486th Bombardment Squadron, 340th Bombardment Group (H), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 17 March 1945, against enemy targets in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Strasburger on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 71 (1945)
Home Town: Columbia, South Carolina


STRICKER, THOMAS A. (MIA-KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Thomas A. Stricker (0-661571), Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 401st Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (H), EIGHTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 26 February 1943 against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Stricker on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Home Town: Crawford County, Iowa


STRICKLAND, ROBERT F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Robert F. Strickland, First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 40th Reconnaissance Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group (H), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in bombing missions during the period 10 through 14 April 1942, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine islands. Lieutenant Strickland participated in a daring 4-day mission under the command of Brigadier General Ralph Royce, who led a flight of seven B-25Cs and three B-17s from Australia to a staging field at Del Monte on Mindanao in the Philippine Islands. Over the following two days the B-25's and B-17's attacked the many ships and the docks at Cebu, the air and harbor facilities at Davao, and Nichols Field on Luzon. The B-25 Mitchell's were involved in over twenty sorties. They sank one Japanese transport and possibly two others. They also shot down three Japanese aircraft. All but one of the aircraft returned to Australia without the loss of a single flyer, and they brought out a number of important military and diplomatic personnel who had gathered at Del Monte to await evacuation. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Strickland during this period have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 56 (1942)


*STROTHER, DONALD R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Donald R. Strother (0-21643), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 February 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. On that date, Captain Strother was Pilot of one of nine heavy bombers sent out to bomb Kendari, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies. When Captain Dufrane, the flight leader, was shot down in flames, Captain Strother immediately moved into the lead. The enemy's fire in a second attack knocked out one engine, damaged another, and blew out the hydraulic system of his plane. Despite this damage, Captain Strother managed to return his bomber safely to base. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Strother on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 35 (1942)
Born: at Winfield, Kansas
Home Town: Winfield, Kansas


*SULLIVAN, LEROY R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Leroy R. Sullivan (0-806168), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-26 Medium Bomber in the 575th Bombardment Squadron, 391st Bombardment Group (M), NINTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 7 June 1944, against enemy targets in the European Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Second Lieutenant Sullivan on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 58 (1944)
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota


SUSSKY, IRA M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ira M. Sussky (0406051), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter Group, TENTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 29 March 1943. On that date when Lieutenant Melvin Kimball of the 14th Air Force was forced to make a landing in Japanese-controlled territory and came under immediate fire, First Lieutenant Sussky volunteered to attempt a daring rescue. Landing amid a hail of fire from Japanese soldiers surrounding the downed airman in a P-17 trainer airplane, Lieutenant Sussky was able to rescue his downed comrade. First Lieutenant Sussky's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: U.S. Army Forces-China/Burma/India, General Orders No. 15 (1943)
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas


SWAIN, ANDREW J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Andrew J. Swain, Corporal, U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Gunner on a B-25 Medium Bomber in the 3d Bombardment Group (L), FAR EAST Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 30 April 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Swain on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: South West Pacific Area, General Orders No. 24 (1942)


SWEENEY, WALTER C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter C. Sweeney, Lieutenant Colonel (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 431st Bombardment Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group (H), HAWAIIAN Air Force, while participating in bombing missions from 3 to 6 June 1942, against enemy targets in the Pacific Theater of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Sweeney on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Hawaiian Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: Hawaiian Department, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 155 (1942)

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