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Richard S. Ritchie Air Force Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE CROSS

PRESENTED TO

CAPTAIN RICHARD STEPHEN RITCHIE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Captain Richard Stephen Ritchie, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-4D Aircraft Commander, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, in action on 28 August 1972. On that date, while leading his flight to its assigned position deep in hostile territory, Captain Ritchie engaged and destroyed a hostile aircraft while it was attempting an attack on another flight of allied aircraft. Continue reading “Richard S. Ritchie Air Force Cross citation”

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Ronald E. Smith Air Force Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE CROSS

PRESENTED TO

CAPTAIN RONALD E. SMITH
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Captain Ronald E. Smith, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an A-1 Tactical Fighter Pilot in Southeast Asia from 1 June 1972 to 2 June 1972. During this period, Captain Smith was on-scene commander for an extremely hazardous and complex search and rescue mission to recover an American crew member in the heavily fortified Red River Valley. Continue reading “Ronald E. Smith Air Force Cross citation”

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Dale E. Stovall Air Force Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE CROSS

PRESENTED TO

CAPTAIN DALE E. STOVALL
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Captain Dale E. Stovall, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an Aircraft Commander of an HH-53C rescue helicopter of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action in Southeast Asia from 1 June 1972 to 2 June 1972. During this period, Captain Stovall, voluntarily and at great risk to his own life, repeatedly penetrated an extremely hostile and heavily defended area to effect the rescue of a downed American airman. Continue reading “Dale E. Stovall Air Force Cross citation”

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William R. Caldwell Air Force Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE CROSS

PRESENTED TO

CAPTAIN WILLIAM R. CALDWELL
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Colonel William R. Caldwell, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a C-130E Instructor Pilot for the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, An Loc Air Base, Vietnam, in action at An Loc, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 April 1972. On that date, Captain Caldwell flew a tactical emergency airdrop of critically needed ammunition to a besieged concentration of allied forces located in a heavily defended area. Continue reading “William R. Caldwell Air Force Cross citation”

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Charles L. Shaub Air Force Cross citation

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

AIR FORCE CROSS

PRESENTED TO

STAFF SERGEANT CHARLES L. SHAUB
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Staff Sergeant Charles L. Shaub, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as Loadmaster of a C-130 aircraft of the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron, An Loc Air Base, Vietnam, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 15 April 1972. On that date, while accomplishing a tactical emergency low level airdrop of critically needed ammunition to a besieged concentration of allied forces, Sergeant Shaub’s aircraft was severely damaged by hostile anti-aircraft fire. Continue reading “Charles L. Shaub Air Force Cross citation”