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James Robinson Risner Silver Star citation

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain James Robinson Risner, (AFSN: AO-779602), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy as Pilot of an F-86 type aircraft, 336th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, FIFTH Air Force on 15 September 1952.

After dispelling four MiG’s attacking friendly fighter-bombers, Captain Risner fearlessly pursued one of them through extremely hazardous low level flight and heavy concentrations of flak until the enemy was destroyed. Withdrawing, Captain Risner fearlessly pursued one of them through extremely hazardous low level flight and heavy concentrations of flak until the enemy was destroyed. Withdrawing, Captain Risner noticed fuel streaming from a flak hole in his wingman’s aircraft and quickly realized that his wingman would soon flameout. Although low on fuel himself, Captain Risner unhesitatingly, and without regard for his own personal safety, attempted twice to push his wingman home. However, each time he made contact with the tail of his wingman’s aircraft, leaking fuel and hydraulic fluid covered his canopy, rendering such action extremely dangerous. Still refusing to leave his wingman, Captain Risner shut down his engine and glided to his base. He made a successful air start over the field but flamed out, and was forced to make a dead-stick landing. The outstanding gallantry and exceptional airmanship displayed by Captain Risner, both in the facer of the enemy and in his unselfish desire to safeguard his wingman, were in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service, and reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.


Born: Jan. 16, 1925 in Mammoth Spring, Ark…. Was the first living recipient of the Air Force Cross… Is one of only a few airmen to have been awarded the Air Force Cross more than once… A recipient of two Silver Stars, three Distinguished Flying Crosses (with Valor device), three Bronze Stars (with Valor device), and four Purple Hearts among numerous other decorations… Served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam… Spent seven years in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war… Retired as a brigadier general in 1976… Departed: Oct. 22, 2013… Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

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Donald E. Adams Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
MAJOR DONALD EARL ADAMS
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Donald Earl Adams (AFSN: 0-14308A), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations as a Pilot, 16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group, FIFTH Air Force, on 3 May 1952. Leading a squadron of six F-86 type aircraft, Major Adams attacked a flight of twenty MIG type aircraft. In the ensuing battle, from 30,000 feet down to 5,000, Major Adams aggressively pressed the attack despite mechanical difficulties which resulted in severe frosting of his windscreen and rendered his sighting system useless. Continue reading “Donald E. Adams Silver Star citation”

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David Hackworth’s THIRD Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
FIRST LIEUTENANT DAVID HASKELL HACKWORTH
UNITED STATES ARMY

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Infantry) David Haskell Hackworth (ASN: OF-103837), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 27th Infantry, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, on 4 November 1951. Lieutenant Hackworth’s unit was engaged with a well entrenched hostile force over the possession of a vital hill mass. While leading the assault squad up the slope through intense small arms, automatic weapons fire and bursting grenades, he was painfully wounded but refused evacuation and continued directing accurate concentrations on the main points of resistance. Finally leaving the impact area, he received medical aid. Continue reading “David Hackworth’s THIRD Silver Star citation”

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David Hackworth’s SECOND Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
SECOND LIEUTENANT DAVID HASKELL HACKWORTH
UNITED STATES ARMY

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) David Haskell Hackworth (ASN: OF-103837), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On 8 August 1951, Lieutenant Hackworth volunteered to lead a reinforced patrol against well-defended positions near Pongmi, Korea. When the enemy began an intense small arms and automatic weapons barrage, he left his place of cover to emplace the tanks and half-tracks and to direct their fire. Continue reading “David Hackworth’s SECOND Silver Star citation”

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David Hackworth’s FIRST Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
SERGEANT DAVID HASKELL HACKWORTH
UNITED STATES ARMY

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant David Haskell Hackworth (ASN: OF-103837), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On 6 February 1951 near Soam-ni, Korea, the lead elements of Sergeant Hackworth’s task force were subjected to heavy small arms and mortar fire. After organizing his men in advantageous positions, he mounted a tank and directed a heavy volume of effective machine gun fire at the hostile emplacements. Continue reading “David Hackworth’s FIRST Silver Star citation”