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Korean War Air Medal Recipients & Citations

 

Introduction

This page of the Korean War Educator opened in September 2013 with the name of just one Air Medal recipient from the Korean War.  To add names and citations, contact Lynnita.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Recipients
  • Citations

History (source: Wikipedia)

The Air Medal was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on 11 May 1942. The Air Medal was awarded retroactive to 8 September 1939. The medal is awarded to anyone who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States, have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

During World War II the medal's award criteria varied widely depending on the theater of operations, the aircraft flown, and the missions accomplished. In Europe some bomber crewmembers received it for five sorties; elsewhere much higher criteria were used.

The Air Medal may be awarded to recognize single acts of merit or heroism, or for meritorious service. Award of the Air Medal is primarily intended to recognize those personnel who are on current crew member or non-crew member flying status which requires them to participate in aerial flight on a regular and frequent basis in the performance of their primary duties. However, it may also be awarded to certain other individuals whose combat duties require regular and frequent flying in other than a passenger status, or individuals who perform a particularly noteworthy act while performing the function of a crew member but who are not on flying status. These individuals must make a discernible contribution to the operational land combat mission or to the mission of the aircraft in flight.

Examples of personnel whose combat duties require them to fly include those in the attack elements of units involved in air-land assaults against an armed enemy and those directly involved in airborne command and control of combat operations. Also to include personnel performing "Dustoff" Medevac operations. Awards will not be made to individuals who use air transportation solely for the purpose of moving from point to point in a combat zone.

Subsequent awards of the Air Medal are denoted in the U.S. Army by award numerals displayed on the medal and ribbon. The Army originally used oak leaf clusters, however it changed to numerals during the Vietnam War when the number of Air Medals awarded became too large to be annotated on a single ribbon. The Army and the Air Force also awards the Air Medal with the "V" Device for acts of heroism.

The Secretary of the Air Force approved the "V" device for Air Medals awarded for heroism effective 21 Oct 2004. This applies to all Air Force members (Active Duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard), retirees, and veterans. It is not authorized for wear on the medal for an earlier date.

The Air Force does not utilize numerals on the Air Medal. Subsequent awards are annotated with the traditional oak leaf clusters. Enlisted members are also awarded three points toward promotion.


Air Medal Recipients - Korean War

  • Chastain, 1LT R.E. (11th award) (see Citation)
  • Dickson, 1LT James T. (4th award) (see Citation)
  • Hurry, 2LT Cecil (4th award) (see Citation)
  • Lawrence, 1LT James P. (10th award) (see Citation)
  • Lawrence, 1LT James P. (11th award) (see Citation)
  • Nyvall, 1LT Vernon E. (12th award) (see Citation)
  • Ogden, 1LT Robert J. (12th award) (see Citation)
  • Sadler, 1LT Warren H. (13th award) (see Citation)
  • Sadler, 1LT Warren H. (14th award) (see Citation)
  • Sullivan, CAPT Marcus L. (4th award) (see Citation)

Air Medal Citations - Korean War

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Baker, Donald A. (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this enlisted man] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

Sergeant First Class Donald A. Baker, RA39734796, Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 25th Infantry Division Artillery, 4 September to 29 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Georgia.

Beverly, Paul

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

First Lieutenant Paul Beverly, 02202204, Artillery, 90th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  The Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named [officer].  During the period [24 September to 30 September 1950] in Korea, [he] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Virginia.

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Chastain, R.E. (11th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 204 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant R.E. Chastain, 01173184, Artillery, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 3 September to 6 September 1950 Lieutenant Chastain performed ten combat missions in Korea in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of the Division operations.  Entered the military service from Kansas.

Cory, Rennie

First Lieutenant Rennie Cory, 01686831, Artillery, 90th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 29 July to 8 August 1950 Lieutenant Cory performed ten combat missions in Korea in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Virginia.

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Davis, Claiborne W. (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

Captain Claiborne W. Davis, 037001, Artillery, Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army, 29 July to 14 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Oklahoma.

Dickson, James T. (3rd Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

1LT James T. Dickson, 01178457, Artillery, 89th Medium Tank Battalion, United States Army.  The third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the [above named officer].  During the period indicated [16 September to 24 September 1950] [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from North Carolina.

Diebold, James A.

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

First Lieutenant James A. Diebold, 02037123, Artillery, 8th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  The Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named [officer].  During the period [12 September to 16 September 1950] in Korea, [he] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Kentucky.

Diebold, James A.  (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

First Lieutenant James A. Diebold, 02037123, Artillery, 5th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, 16 September to 19 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Kentucky.

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Ellsworth, Lyle (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this enlisted man] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

Corporal Lyle Ellsworth, RA19348640, Infantry, Headquarters Company, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army, 11 August to 18 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Arizona.

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Goforth, William C.  (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this enlisted man] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

Corporal William C. Goforth, RA38784776, Infantry, Headquarters Company, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army, 23 August to 13 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Oklahoma.

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Hansen, Arthur

Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division

Sergeant Arthur Hansen, RA12280232, Infantry, Headquarters Company, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army, is cited for meritorious achievement against an armed enemy during the period 7 June to 10 September 1951.  During this period Sergeant Hansen performed the duties of an aerial observer in an unarmed liaison type aircraft over hostile territory in Korea.  He flew thirty combat missions at altitudes which subjected him to constant ground activity in order to observe enemy movements and disposition.  The outstanding professional skill and courage displayed by Sergeant Hansen during these flights reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.  Entered the military service from the State of New Jersey.

Hurry, Cecil (3rd Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

2LT Cecil Hurry, 01688463, Artillery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  The third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the [above named officer].  During the period indicated [6 September to 11 September 1950] [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from South Dakota.

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Jenson, Vernon C.

Second Lieutenant Vernon C. Jenson, 02039470, Artillery, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.  During the period 19 August to 11 September 1950, Lieutenant Jenson performed ten combat missions in Korea in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Texas.

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Lawrence, James P. (10th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 204 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant James Lawrence, 01168772, Artillery, 8th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 29 August to 1 September 1950 Lieutenant Lawrence performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Pennsylvania.

Lawrence James P.  (11th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 206 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant James Lawrence, 01168772, Artillery, 8th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 1 September to 4 September 1950 Lieutenant Lawrence performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Pennsylvania.

Luttrell, James F. (3rd Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division
General Orders No. 138 - 25 April 1953

First Lieutenant James F. Luttrell, 0995126, Artillery, United States Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, in Korea.  For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight from 24 December 1952 to 17 February 1953.  Entered the military service from Alabama.

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Marvin, Wilmer O.

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

First Lieutenant Wilmer O. Marvin, Artillery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  The Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named [officer].  During the period [26 July to 4 August 1950] in Korea, [he] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Pennsylvania.

Marvin, Wilmer O. (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

First Lieutenant Wilmer O Marvin, 057641, Artillery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, 4 August to 8 August 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Pennsylvania.

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Nyvall, Vernon E.

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 206 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant Vernon E. Nyvall, 01181707, Artillery, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 1 September to 4 September 1950 in Korea, First Lieutenant Nyvall performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations. Entered the military service from Minnesota.

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Ogden, Robert J.

First Lieutenant Robert J. Ogden, 01164559, Artillery, 8th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 2 September to 4 September 1950 in Korea, First Lieutenant Ogden performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations. Entered the military service from New York.

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Parkinson, Raymond E. (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this enlisted man] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

Sergeant First Class Raymond E. Parkinson, RA20350090, Infantry, Headquarters Company, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army, 3 September to 12 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Maryland.

Parrish, Dudley T. (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

Major Dudley T. Parrish, 0926221, General Staff Corps, Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army, 9 September to 24 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from Virginia.

Pierson, Bert (6th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 204 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant Bert Pierson, 02014459, Artillery, 90th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 30 August to 7 September 1950 Lieutenant Pierson performed ten combat missions in Korea in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of the Division operations.  Entered the military service from Oklahoma.

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Reese, Neil

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

First Lieutenant Neil Reese, 0527101, Artillery, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  The Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named [officer].  During the period [19 July to 26 July 1950] in Korea, [he] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from California.

Reese, Neil (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 257 - 28 October 1950

The first Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named officer.  During the period indicated [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.

First Lieutenant Neil Reese, 0527101, Artillery, 64th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, 26 July to 9 September 1950 in Korea.  Entered the military service from California.

Ryan, Thomas K. (8th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal)

Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division
General Orders No. 87 - 5 November 1950

Award of the Eighth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal.  By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9158, 11 May 1952 (Sec III WD Bul 25, 1942), as amended by Executive Order 9242-A, 11 September 1942 (Sec III WD Bul 49, 1942), the Eighth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight during the period indicated is awarded to the following named officer: 

Captain Thomas K. Ryan, 0472142, Corps of Engineers, Army of the United States, 10 October 1950 to 19 October 1950.  Entered the military service from Oregon.

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Sadler, Warren H. (13th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 204 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant Warren H. Sadler, 0953592, Artillery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 30 August to 1 September 1950 Lieutenant Sadler performed ten combat missions in Korea in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Virginia.

Sadler, Warren H. (14th Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 206 - 27 September 1950

First Lieutenant Warren H. Sadler, 0953592, Artillery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army.  During the period 1 September to 4 September 1950, Lieutenant Sadler performed ten combat missions in Korea in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By his accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information he contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Virginia.

Stith, Benjamin F. Jr.

Captain Benjamin F. Stith, Jr., 01304631, Infantry, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army, is cited for meritorious achievement against an armed enemy during the period 1 September to 6 October 1951.  During this period Captain Stith performed the duties of an aerial observer in an unarmed liaison type aircraft over hostile territory in Korea.  He participated in twenty combat missions at altitudes which subjected him to constant ground activity in order to obtain reconnaissance information regarding the enemy.  The outstanding professional skill and courage displayed by Captain Stith during these flights reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.  Entered the military service from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sullivan, Marcus L. (3rd Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

Captain Marcus L. Sullivan, 01999254, Artillery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army. The third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the [above named officer]. During the period indicated [18 September to 20 September 1950] [this officer] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division. By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations. Entered the military service from Texas.

Smith, Raymond B.

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 247 - 25 October 1950

Corporal Raymond B. Smith, RA18004003, Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 25th Infantry Division Artillery, United States Army.  The Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight is awarded to the following named [enlisted man].  During the period [16 August to 27 September 1950] in Korea, [he] performed ten combat missions in support of the 25th Infantry Division.  By [his] accurate spotting of targets for United Nations aircraft and by obtaining valuable reconnaissance information [he] contributed materially to the success of Division operations.  Entered the military service from Nebraska.

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Yerger, Maury Fontaine

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Air Medal to Lieutenant Commander Maury Fontaine Yerger (NSN: 0-165477), United States Navy, for meritorious achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Jet Fighter Aircraft in Fighter Squadron Twenty-Three (VF-23), based on board the U.S.S. Essex (CV-9), during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea from 1 August 1952 to 17 October 1952. Completing twenty missions during this period, Lieutenant Commander Yerger participated in daring flights over an active combat area in the face of grave hazards. By his courage, skilled airmanship and devotion to duty throughout, he contributed materially to the success achieved by his squadron and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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