A veteran combat pilot, he retired from the Air Force in 1992, after twenty-two years of service that included two tours in Vietnam and earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal
, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
Three Marines with the VMM-266 Fighting Griffins were awarded the Air Medal
with combat distinguishing devices on 7 January 2013 for their part in the rescue of a downed U.
Cederholm, crew chief, received the Air Medal
for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1 st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also known as Geronimo, on June 12, 2011.
She has flown dozens of combat support missions and has earned two Air Medals
and two Aerial Achievement Medals for her service since 9/11.
In addition to his 337 combat missions, Miles was awarded the Silver Star, three Legion of Merit medals, two Distinguished Flying Cross medals, 17 air medals
, and the Bronze Star.
Edwards, AWR1 James Haydu, and AWR3 Tyler Alderman of USS Elrod (FFG 55) received Air Medals
25 August 2010 for their efforts in rescuing members of a Pakistani fishing vessel in July.
Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, five Air Medals
, and two Army Commendation Medals.
He became the most decorated warrant officer in the 12th's Task Force Storm, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Air Medals
with Valor and three Air Medals
, resulting in his being named Aviator of the Year by the Army Aviation Association of America.
In Korea he flew over 50 missions from the USS Rendova and has been honored with the distinguished Flying Cross, five Air medals
, the Korean Combat Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.
His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals
from his Air Force career.
He attained the rank of Captain and received 14 Air Medals
and the Navy Commendation Medal.
His military decorations include: the Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and five Air Medals
He was awarded 3 distinguished flying crosses and 4 air medals
Voris was awarded 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 11 Air Medals
, 3 Presidential Unit Citations, and a Purple Heart.
Wetterling who flew 268 combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, 14 air medals
, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, sited his recent visit to the war memorial and the engraved names of three fellow pilots from Vietnam to whom he has dedicated his novel, Son of Thunder (Rivilo Books, $22.