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William F. Andrews Second Distinguished Flying Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS JULY 2, 1926 HAS
AWARDED

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

TO

CAPTAIN WILLIAM F. ANDREWS, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

FOR HEROISM
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL FLIGHT

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat “V” to Captain William F. Andrews, United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight during military operations against the armed forces of the Republic of Iraq, on 24 February 1991. On that date, while leading an F-16 flight that was diverted over 100 nautical miles to an emergency close air support mission, Captain Andrews successfully directed his flight and employed his F-16 to support a United States Army Special Forces team that had been detected while operating deep into enemy territory. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Captain Andrews attacked the enemy force that had encircled the Special Forces Team despite heavy anti-aircraft fire. The mission was complicated by very low sun angles just prior to sunset and poor visibility from smoke and dust that made target and friendly identification very difficult. Despite these problems, Captain Andrews delivered his cluster bomb ordnance within 200 meters of the friendly position while coordinating with the Special Forces Team on the UHF emergency “GUARD” frequency. As a direct result of his action, the enemy force withdrew and the Special Forces Team was successfully extracted without casualties. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Andrews reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


One of two pilots awarded the Air Force Cross during Operation DESERT STORM… Also awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses… Retired as colonel in 2010… Died: June 8, 2015

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William F. Andrews First Distinguished Flying Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS JULY 2, 1926 HAS
AWARDED

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

TO

CAPTAIN WILLIAM F. ANDREWS, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

FOR HEROISM
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL FLIGHT

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 with Combat “V” to Captain William F. Andrews, United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight during military operations against the armed forces of the Republic of Iraq, Baghdad, on 23 January 1991. On that date, while acting as the package commander of a composite force strike package targeted against the Fallujah SCUD surface-to-surface assembly missile plant and Habbaniyah Military Product Facility located 25 nautical miles southwest of Baghdad, Captain Andrews successfully coordinated and directed the package attack and employed his F-16 to destroy or heavily damage elements of this vital military industrial complex. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Captain Andrews attacked his assigned target which was defended by heavy anti-aircraft artillery fire as well as surface-to-air missiles. During the target area ingress no less than six surface-to-air missiles were launched at the strike package. This courageous attack reduced Iraq’s capability to produce and launch SCUT surface-to-air missiles toward Israel and Saudi Arabia. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Andrews reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


One of two pilots awarded the Air Force Cross during Operation DESERT STORM… Also awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses… Retired as colonel in 2010… Died: June 8, 2015

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Buzz Aldrin’s Second Distinguished Flying Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS JULY 2, 1926 HAS
AWARDED

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

TO

EDWIN E. (BUZZ) ALDRIN, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

FOR HEROISM
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL FLIGHT

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, from 11 November 1966 to 15 November 1966. Continue reading “Buzz Aldrin’s Second Distinguished Flying Cross citation”

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Buzz Aldrin’s First Distinguished Flying Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AUTHORIZED BY ACT OF CONGRESS JULY 2, 1926 HAS
AWARDED

THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

TO

EDWIN E. (BUZZ) ALDRIN, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

FOR HEROISM
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL FLIGHT

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 First Lieutenant Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 14 May 1953 over North Korea, as Pilot of an F-86 type aircraft, 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, FIFTH Air Force. Lieutenant Aldrin was flying number three position in a flight of six F-86s along the Yalu River. Lieutenant Aldrin observed a flight of two enemy MiG-15 through a hole in the clouds below. Continue reading “Buzz Aldrin’s First Distinguished Flying Cross citation”