Carl P. Gies’ Distinguished Service Cross citation

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Carl P. Gies (0-407083), Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 20th Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 December 1941, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On this date Second Lieutenant Giles shot down two enemy aircraft. Second Lieutenant Gies’ 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.

Born: 13 May 1915 in Goldfield, Nev…. Landed at Normandy’s UTAH Beach… Also earned the Bronze and Silver Stars… Retired as a lieutenant colonel… Departed: 2 July 1964… Interred: Restlawn Memory Gardens in West Salem, Oregon

Author: Real American Heroes

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