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Distinguished Flying Cross

* Interesting Notes:

Captain Brady, on a subsequent tour in Vietnam, would earn the Distinguished Service Cross and the Medal of Honor in addition to his Distinguished Flying Cross

In addition to his two Distinguished Flying Cross awards, Major Douglas E. Moore also earned the Distinguished Service Cross while in Vietnam.

First Lieutenant Thomas Robert White earned his DFC as part of the Doolittle Raider Force. He also earned the Silver Star.

First Lieutenant Aleda E. Lutz, Army Nurse Corps, was the second woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross after Amelia Earhart.

In addition to his Distinguished Flying Cross, First Lieutenant Ronald A. Huether earned the Silver Star during his time in Vietnam

* Indicates Posthumous Award

BLOOMQUIST, PAUL A.
Captain, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Date of Action: 21 June 1964
Citation:
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926, the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight is awarded by the Department of the Army to Captain Paul A. Bloomquist, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, distinguished himself by heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 June 1964. As an Aircraft Commander of a helicopter ambulance, Captain Bloomquist displayed perseverance, fortitude, and professional skill while participating in an aerial medical mission to evacuate several wounded Vietnamese troops from the scene of a vicious battle with the Viet Cong. Although his helicopter was struck by enemy gunfire which wounded him, he ignored his own injury and succeeded in landing the helicopter ambulance in the middle of the battlefield. Despite exposure to multiple weapons fire, he bravely remained in this position to assist in the treatment and loading of the wounded. For thirteen hours and into the darkness of night, he repeatedly landed the helicopter in the combat zone to rescue the wounded, administer treatment, and evacuate the casualties. Throughout the hazardous situation, he demonstrated sound judgment, indomitable courage, and dedicated devotion to duty. Captain Bloomquist’s heroic conduct and outstanding flying ability are in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect distinct credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 15, Department of the Army, 28 April 1965

BRADY, PATRICK H.
Captain, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
57th Helicopter Detachment
Date of Action: 21 June 1964
Citation:
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926, the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight is awarded by the Department of the Army to Captain Patrick H. Brady, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, distinguished himself by heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 June 1964. As a pilot of a helicopter ambulance, Captain Brady displayed professional skill, fortitude, and determination while participating in an aerial medical mission to evacuate several wounded Vietnamese troops from the scene of a vicious battle with the Viet Cong. Although his helicopter was struck by enemy gunfire which wounded the Aircraft Commander, Captain Brady succeeded in landing the helicopter ambulance in the middle of the battlefield. Despite exposure to multiple weapons fire, he bravely remained in this position to assist in the treatment and loading of the wounded. For thirteen hours and into the darkness of night, he repeatedly landed the helicopter in the combat zone to rescue the wounded, administer treatment, and evacuate the casualties. Throughout the hazardous situation, he demonstrated sound judgment, indomitable courage, and dedicated devotion to duty. Captain Brady’s heroic conduct and outstanding flying ability are in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect distinct credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 15, Department of the Army, 28 April 1965

BRINGLOE, JULIA A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
C Company, 3d Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment,
Date of Action: 25 – 27 June 2011
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Sergeant Julia A. Bringloe, United States Army, Sergeant Julia Bringloe distinguished herself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the face of the enemy of the United States as an Air Ambulance Flight Medic with Charlie Company, Task force Phoenix, FOB Fenty, from 25 June to 27 June 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) XI.

During Operation HAMMER DOWN, Sergeant Bringloe and her crew of Dustoff 73 provided direct medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) support to Task Force BRONCO in Afghanistan's forbidding Watahpor Valley. Throughout the multi-day operation, Sergeant Bringloe repeatedly faced a disciplined enemy determined to engage her and her crew in the most extreme, high altitude mountain environment in order to conduct lifesaving evacuations of 11 Soldiers. No matter how minor or severe the injury, each casualty was absolutely debilitating to the freedom of maneuver of the Task Force Bronco Soldiers, making them a stationary target to a lethal enemy. Sergeant Bringloe and her Dustoff crew were the only assets which could overcome these challenges to extract the wounded soldiers. She constantly exposed herself to enemy fire by guiding her medical aircraft into the most confined spaces conducting one-wheel landings on qalat roof tops, or by riding the extremely vulnerable hoist to her patients below from hover altitudes as high as 150 feet. At one location where there were several wounded soldiers located inside a qalat, her sister ship Dustoff 72 received such heavy enemy fire in attempting to evacuate, that they were forced to return to FOB Fenty for an emergency landing due to a critical loss in hydraulic components. This did not stop Sergeant Bringloe or her crew from pressing on to retrieve the wounded soldiers from the qatar. Using the cover of darkness and suppression fires from overhead Apache support and the troops on the ground, she was able to expertly guide her crew onto the roof top surrounded by trees to evacuate three wounded soldiers. With an extremely dark, no moon night, they received constant fire from the surrounding enemy shooting to the sound of their hovering aircraft. During this tremendously demanding maneuver, the Apache aircraft provided continuous suppression fires within 100 meters of their location. Once the wounded were on board, Sergeant Bringloe immediately began treatment of the soldiers while they rushed them to FOB Wright. One of the soldiers had received a life threatening gunshot wound to his face. Without the crew's daring rescue or Sergeant Bringloe's medical treatment en route to the Forward Surgical Team, the Soldier would not have survived much longer on the mountain. Sergeant Bringloe later found herself returning to the same qalat to retrieve an Afghan soldier who had been killed in action. At this point, the ground element had been stuck in the same location for almost 48 hours due to the constant enemy fire and casualties they had received. Due to the extremely confined area, Sergeant Bringloe and her crew decided to hoist the Afghan Hero out. She again exposed herself to the enemy while riding the hoist, lowering to the embattled qalat and packaging the fallen soldier into a Skedco. Once ready, she remained out in the open manning the tag line ensuring the Afghan Hero made it up to the hovering aircraft while the ground forces provided security. With the fallen Soldier on board, her crew immediately returned the jungle penetrator (JP) to her for her own extraction. As soon as she began securing herself to the JP, the encircled enemy opened fire on her with a fierce determination to take her out. Despite the chaos around her, she didn't hesitate in her job, securing herself and instructing her crew to continue with her own extraction, ultimately hoisting her away giving the ground forces the freedom to move and engage the surrounding enemy. In her final mission of Operation HAMMER DOWN, Sergeant Bringloe and her crew faced inclimate weather to extract a soldier suffering from a shrapnel wound that had become infected. In addition to the casualty, the unit on the ground was critically low on food, water, and medical supplies. With cloud cover coming in all around the mountain location at 10,000 feet, she and her crew were able to navigate into the area and begin another hoist operation. Once again, she fearlessly lowered herself to the ground despite the dangerous weather situation. While she readied the patient for extraction, her crew chief lowered the vital supplies to the waiting troops below. When she was ready and secure, Sergeant Bringloe looked up and saw the clouds slowly engulfing her aircraft above. She immediately signaled her crew chief to begin raising the hoist to get them away from the ground. While Sergeant Bringloe and her patient were still 10 feet below the aircraft on the hoist line, the Dustoff aircraft was finally swallowed by the cloud cover and the crew committed to instrument flight as the crew chief continued to cable Sergeant Bringloe and her patient up, ultimately getting them safely into the aircraft. The crew successfully conducted inadvertent IMC procedures despite the surrounding mountain terrain. They eventually broke out of the clouds and were able to recover to FOB Wright, delivering the patient to much needed higher care. Throughout Operation HAMMER DOWN, Sergeant Bringloe and her Dustoff crew conducted continuous turns into the Watahpor Valley, evacuating a total of 11 wounded American Soldiers. Despite an unwavering and lethal enemy, challenging night operations in confined areas, and a constant deteriorating weather situation, she provided desperately needed food, water, and medical re-supply and extracted two Afghan soldiers killed in action (KIA). Her determination to perform in such exhausting conditions over three days was nothing short of remarkable. These contributions gave the ground force commanders freedom of maneuver which unquestionably contributed to the overwhelming success of the command's mission. Sergeant Bringloe's heroic actions were a critical part in the success of Task Force BRONCO and Operation HAMMER DOWN. As a result of her abilities as an Air Ambulance Flight Medic and courageous disregard for her own safety, Sergeant Bringloe demonstrated her superior skills and bravery as a flight medic few others could replicate, all while under the most extreme of situations. Her selfless courage demonstrated by putting the lives of others above her own are beyond reproach. Sergeant Bringloe's actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon herself, this Command, and the United States Army.
General Orders: Permanent Order number 099-105

BROWN, TRAVIS W.
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment
Date of Action: 2 April 2010
Synopsis: Citation Needed:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, has awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Brown, Task Force Ready, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 2 April 2010. Staff Sergeant Brown was a member of an Army medical evacuation unit that on 2 April 2010 went to the aid of 11 German soldiers heavily wounded as a result of an ambush by Taliban forces. The helicopter was under heavy enemy fire for most of the rescue operation, and Staff Sergeant Brown’s life was in danger. The crew made at least two landings and the rapid evacuation of the injured Soldiers undoubtedly saved many of their lives. His devotion to his duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on himself and the Army Medical Department.
General Orders: Permanent Order number 138-006

COLLIER, CRAIG B.
Major, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
United States Army Medical Department, Student Detachment, Academy of Health Sciences
Date of Action: 17 November 1968
Citation:
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926, the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary heroism while participating in aerial flight is awarded by the Department of the Army to Major Craig B. Collier, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, United States Army Medical Department, Student Detachment, Academy of Health Sciences. This award is authorized under the provisions of paragraph 1-13, AR 672-5-1. His devotion to his duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on himself and the Army Medical Department.
General Orders: General Order number 22, Headquarters, Department of the Army, 26 November 1976

HUETHER, RONALD A.
First Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Headquarters Support Company, 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Action: 16 October 1970
Citation:
By direction of the President of the United States of America, under provisions of the Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1926 and Department of the Army Message 941895, dated 22 October 1963, the Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Huether distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 16 October 1970 in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a medical evacuation mission, First Lieutenant Huether was warned that the unit was still in heavy contact. Arriving on station, First Lieutenant Huether monitored the friendly and enemy situation, and planned the most advantageous approach into the contact area. Upon moving into the fire area, the aircraft began to receive intense hostile fire. First Lieutenant Huether, though in intense pain from plexiglass shrapnel and completely exposed to bullets inches from his head, continued to read off the engine instruments to the aircraft commander. His outstanding ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: general Order number 1979, Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 29 January 1971

KINNEY, MATTHEW S.
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
1/C/6-101st Aviation Regiment, TF Out Front
Date of Action: 6 September 2008
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, has awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Matthew S. Kinney. On 06 September 2008 Dustoff 36, of C Co 6-101Avn Regt based at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, received an urgent surgical 9-Line MEDEVAC request for troops in contact in the Korengal Valley, approximately 60 kilometers north. Crewed by CW4 _________ (PC), 1LT _________ (PI), SSG _________ (CE), and SSG Matthew S. Kinney (MO), Dustoff 36’s mission was to rescue two critically wounded U.S. Soldiers isolated on rugged terrain high above the valley floor, exposed to enemy fire. The enemy ambush and ensuing firefight had already claimed the lives of two U.S. Soldiers and wounded four others.

Upon reaching Asadabad, the AH64Ds that were escorting Dustoff 36 assumed lead in order to escort the unarmed MEDEVAC aircraft into the most dangerous valley in N2KL. As the flight neared the Korengal Valley the troops in contact reported they were still engaged with the enemy. The Apaches entered the Korengal while the MEDEVAC held in the vicinity of FOB Michigan. After multiple “gun runs” the Apaches cleared the MEDEVAC aircraft into the valley. Dustoff 36 approached the ambush kill zone where the soldiers initially came under fire to insert the flight medic. The crew quickly realized that there was no place to land in order to drop off the medic or pick up the wounded. Quickly volunteering to be lowered over 50 feet to the side of the sheer rock precipice, SSG Kinney readied his equipment and attached himself to the hoist.

Strong winds and deteriorating weather caused this drop to be extremely dangerous. Spinning out of control and bouncing four times off trees and rock outcroppings, SSG Kinney managed to secure his medic’s bag, weapon and SKED upon arrival on the ground. Once on the ground, SSG Kinney realized that he had been dropped at the location of the Soldier who was killed and that the two wounded Soldiers who needed his assistance were 200 meters away through the kill-zone of the ambush and 200 feet below his present position. Without hesitation SSG Kinney moved, unescorted, to the location of the two wounded Soldiers. SSG Kinney took off running across shear rock faces, through the kill zone of the ambush and to the location of the wounded that still needed care. While moving across this treacherous terrain, SSG Kinney lost his footing, dropping the SKED. SSG Kinney grasped the root system of a tree to keep himself from falling down the side of the mountain. Despite losing the SKED down the side of the hill, SSG Kinney continued toward the location of the two wounded Soldiers and immediately assessed their trauma and provided medical attention.

One soldier had been knocked out by the blast of an RPG and thrown nearly 200 feet down the mountain suffered severe internal injuries, a broken arm, broken collar bone and a broken back. Without the SKED to stabilize the Soldier, SSG Kinney used the soldier’s IBA to create an improvised immobilizing brace. However, he was currently conscious and responsive, so SSG Kinney shifted his focus to the other patient who was still drifting in and out of consciousness.

As SSG Kinney worked on the ground, the remaining crew of Dustoff 36 held in the valley coordinating with the apaches and ground elements as they continued to engage the enemy. The crew of Dustoff 36 realized they would require refueling to complete the mission. They coordinated with SSG Kinney who required fifteen to twenty additional minutes to properly prepare the wounded Soldiers for hoist. Dustoff 36 departed the valley for FOB Blessing, refueled and returned. Upon reentry to the Korengal Valley one of the Apache escorts on station was engaged and sustained damage by anti-aircraft fire directly over the objective.

Shortly thereafter the flight medic called for extraction. Dustoff 36 approached the site well below the ridgeline with minimal clearance between the aircraft and numerous obstacles. SSG _________ exceptional clearing instructions allowed the pilots to maneuver their aircraft within ten feet of a rock face with multiple obstacles just under the rotor system. As the hoist was lowered to the ground, the pilot on the controls, CW4 _________, began to fight to keep the aircraft steady in the intensifying rain and wind. Visibility fell to less than one mile as the first patient was hooked to the hoist cable and lifted to the aircraft. Although the clearance of the litter patient through the trees and along the cliff face was difficult CW4 _________ steady hover work assured a stable platform for the crew to operate from.

A storm descended upon the valley, inundating the mountainside with torrential showers and hail, causing all aviation assets to withdraw with the exception of Dustoff 36 and their last remaining Apache escort Hedgerow 51. Although the Apache remained on station, the severity of the storm now caused them to lose visual contact with Dustoff 36 below. Even the Apaches FLIR was rendered useless as the showers and obscuration worsened.

After the litter patient was secured inside, the crew discussed the possibility of completing a dual hoist with the flight medic. Although their was an inherent risk in attempting to hoist both the final ambulatory patient and the flight medic at the same time the crew was concerned with the storm cell that was nearing, and the time required to do two separate hoists. This decision undoubtedly saved the entire crew, as conditions began to deteriorate quickly. The flight medic agreed and coordinated with the crew chief to lower the jungle penetrator (JP). As the JP was lowered the storm worsened. Visibility at this time decreased to less than 200 feet. Winds gusted to greater than 35 knots. Rain showers increased, and hail deluged the aircraft, exposed crew, and patient.

Visibility continued to degrade to less than 100 feet, the rain and hail were pelting SSG Kinney, making the preparation of the exfil treacherous in itself. Once hooked up, SSG Kinney called for immediate lift. As soon as SSG Kinney and the wounded Soldier left the ground they began spinning due to the severe winds and rotor wash. Clinging to the wounded Soldier to stabilize and comfort him, SSG Kinney remained calm and protected the Soldier.

As SSG Kinney and the final Soldier were raised toward the helicopter visibility plummeted to less than 50 feet. As the hoist neared the helicopter it suddenly seized, stopping ten feet below the helicopter. SSG Frailey immediately notified the crew of the hoists mechanical failure, simultaneously troubleshooting the problem. He then directed the pilots to override the hoist controls from the master control panel located in the cockpit. 1LT _________ attempted to override the controls, the hoist was still unresponsive. The weather, having deteriorated with visibility falling below 50 feet caused the pilots to lose all visual reference points. This forced the crew to now rely solely on SSG _________ obstacle clearance to keep from drifting into the mountainside. He continued to provide clearing instructions to the pilots and manipulate the hoist as he battled the gusting winds which tossed the patient and flight medic still dangling on the jungle penetrator.

With SSG Kinney and the Soldier hanging below the aircraft and SSG _________ struggling to keep them stable in the ferocious weather the pilots discussed their options. With time running out, an opening suddenly appeared through the storm clouds surrounding the aircraft. 1LT _________ could just make out a building in a village on the valley floor. Taking the controls 1LT _________ maneuvered the aircraft down the mountainside with the medic and patient still hanging precariously from the hoist.

SSG _________ continued to troubleshoot the hoist malfunction while battling the hoist cable to keep the two individuals from swinging out of control. The hoist suddenly lurched, dropping the patient and flight medic five feet. Instantly, SSG _________ switched from the standard operational speed to slow speed mode, resulting in temporary control and saving the lives of the flight medic and patient. Operating the hoist in slow speed, SSG _________ bit by bit raised the hoist high enough to move the patient and flight medic into the aircraft, at which point the hoist failed completely.

1LT _________ continued slowly descending down the mountainside, working toward the village. CW4 Callaway coordinated with the Apaches who provided guidance from above. Upon reaching the valley floor 1LT _________ carefully worked along the valley, with visibility still below 200 feet. Working toward increasingly better weather Dustoff 36 finally emerged from the storm as it exited the Korengal Valley. SSG Kinney continued to advance the treatment of both Soldiers, working for over 30 minutes as the crew flew back to Jalalabad in order to transfer both wounded Soldiers to a higher level of care.

The crew of Dustoff 36 completed their mission despite encountering several complications. Overcoming numerous difficulties they all performed exceptionally as individuals and most importantly as a crew to save the lives of two U.S. Soldiers. Their management of the most adverse conditions and bravery in the face of an armed enemy displays the highest standard of conduct and goes beyond the highest expectations of any U.S. service member.
General Orders: Permanent Order number 325-21

*LUTZ, ALEDA E.
First Lieutenant, Army Nurse Corps, U.S. Army
Flight Nurse
Date of Action: 1 November 1944
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Aleda E. Lutz, Army Nurse Corps. For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as flight nurse of a C-47 type aircraft. Throughout her long period of service, Lieutenant Lutz has distinguished herself through her superior professional skill and courage. Flying on more than 190 missions to evacuate wounded personnel from the forward areas, Lieutenant Lutz’s resourcefulness and determination have been of high inspiration to those serving with her. On 1 November 1944, while flying on a mission to evacuate wounded personnel from the front lines, a severe storm rocked Lieutenant Lutz’s aircraft from her pilot’s control, and it crashed in Southern France. Her selfless devotion to duty and outstanding proficiency have reflected highest credit upon herself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

MAYER, HENRY A. JR.
Captain, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Date of Action: 24 February 1967
Citation:
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926, the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight is awarded by the Department of the Army to Captain Henry A. Mayer Jr., Medical Service Corps, United States Army, distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight three miles west of DI Linh on 24 February 1967. During the morning of 24 February 1967 a dug-in and camouflaged enemy force estimated to number 700 troops had ambushed and fragmented two companies of ARVN troops, who withdrew in confusion with their leaders all killed. The enemy then retired to their prepared positions and managed to remain undetected throughout most of the day. Later in the afternoon a Forward Air Controller flying an O-1E discovered the hidden force and exposed them. In the ensuing firefight several of the participating aircraft were damaged. One aircraft was shot down, crashing 450 meters in front of the enemy position on a tea plantation, and the Forward Air Controller was wounded. He was extracted from the wreckage and pulled back another hundred meters before ground rescuers were pinned down by enemy fire. When two gunships on the scene ran out of ammunition they attempted to pick up the wounded. Both gunships were hit severely by enemy gunfire and forced to withdraw. At this time Captain Mayer was directed into the area to make the rescue. Captain Mayer flew his UH-1B into the wreckage area and suffered several hits while he and his crew attempted to spot the wounded Forward Air Controller and his rescuers among the thick rows of tea bushes. He was forced to withdraw by intense ground fire. Captain Mayer then came in straight down the rays of the setting sun toward the enemy so they would have difficulty seeing him. He skillfully kept himself between the sun and the enemy, and, in spite of an unfavorable wind on this approach, he made an expeditions and successful pickup. Again, this was done under heavy fire and in the face of five previous unsuccessful attempts by his and other aircraft, which attest to Captain Mayer’s intrepidity, bravery, heroism, and flying skill. His outstanding performance reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 20, Headquarters, Department of the Army, 7 April 1969

MOORE, DOUGLAS E. (First Award)
Major, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
Date of Action: 31 January 1965
Citation:
By direction of the President of the United States of America, under provisions of the Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1926 and Department of the Army Message 941895, dated 22 October 1963, the Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded for heroism while participating in aerial flight: Captain Moore distinguished himself by heroic action on 31 January 1965 while serving as pilot of a helicopter ambulance involved in evacuating four seriously wounded friendly soldiers from a battle zone in the Republic of Vietnam. When Captain Moore arrived to evacuate the wounded, friendly forces were pinned down by heavy and accurate enemy fire. Knowing that the landing area was still under heavy fire from three directions, Captain Moore, with complete disregard for his safety, elected to attempt evacuation. In order to accomplish his mission, he was required to land in the battle area three times to evacuate four seriously wounded soldiers and in so doing his helicopter was hit by enemy fire and his crew chief wounded. Captain Moore’s heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 2224, Headquarters, United States Military Assistance Command, 26 October 1965

MOORE, DOUGLAS E. (Second Award)
Major, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
Date of Action: 9 February 1965
Citation:
By direction of the President of the United States of America, under provisions of the Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1926 and Department of the Army Message 941895, dated 22 October 1963, the Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded for heroism while participating in aerial flight: Captain Moore distinguished himself by heroic action on 9 February 1965 while serving as an aircraft commander of a medical evacuation helicopter on a rescue mission in the Republic of Vietnam. As a result of hostile action, four helicopters were downed and many American and Vietnamese soldiers became casualties. Captain Moore volunteered to go to the aid of the wounded with the assistance of armed helicopters. Upon approaching the area the medical aidman and crew chief reported seeing tracer fire in the vicinity of the crash site. Captain Moore nevertheless continued into the landing zone though a lack of communication with the ground prevented him from knowing what to expect. Once the aircraft landed and the loading of the injured personnel was completed, Captain Moore skillfully assisted the pilot as the helicopter made a fast and successful departure under fire. Captain Moore’s heroic action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: General Order number 1772, Headquarters, United States Military Assistance Command, 12 August 1965

RHODES, JERRY L.
Captain, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Headquarters & Service Company, 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Action: 5 January 1970
Citation:
By direction of the President of the United States of America, under provisions of the Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1926 the Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Rhodes distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 5 January 1970, while serving as pilot in the Republic of Vietnam. Although the ground unit was still in heavy contact, because of the seriousness of the patients, Captain Rhodes decided to make an immediate extraction. After organizing the mission and coordinating with gunships, the aircraft was brought to a hover over the area and the penetrator lowered even though they were receiving automatic weapons fire. While advising the gunships of the enemy positions and assisting the aircraft commander, his craft took a B-40 round. As they were making an emergency landing, he made his emergency radio calls, advising the ground troops and gunships of their situation. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 3672, Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, 13 March 1970

WHITE, THOMAS ROBERT
First Lieutenant, Medical Corps, U.S. Army Air Corps
1st Special Aviation Project
Date of Action: 18 April 1942
Citation:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, approved July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Medical Corps) Thomas Robert White, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Engineer/Gunner of a B-25 Bomber and Flight Surgeon of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant White with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

WILLIAMSON, JAMES A.
Captain, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army
Date of Action: 10 March 1967
Citation:
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 2 July 1926, the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight is awarded by the Department of the Army to Captain James A. Williamson, Medical Service Corps, United States Army, who distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life in the Republic of Vietnam on 10 March 1967. On that date a unit had been hit by heavy mortar fire resulting in heavy casualties. Captain Williamson immediately responded to the unit’s request of medical assistance and directed his helicopter to the evacuation site. He continued on the mission even when several attempts to receive artillery clearance proved futile. Throughout his approach into the pick-up zone, which was executed without the aid of aircraft lights due to the close proximity of the enemy force, Captain Williamson’s aircraft was skillfully guided through heavy ground fire. At the termination of his first approach, a mortar exploded a short distance in front of his aircraft. However, Captain Williamson remained in the pick-up zone until all wounded men were aboard his aircraft. After delivering his patients to the nearest medical facility. Captain Williamson returned to the location and evacuated eight more patients. By his courageous action and humanitarian regard for his fellow man, in the dedication of his service to his country, Captain Williamson has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
General Orders: General Order number 50, Headquarters, Department of the Army, 8 September 1970