J. Bruce Huffman Back

HUFFMAN, JOHN B., WO1, United States Army, Troop C, 1st Squadron (Airmobile), 9th Cavalry, is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Warrant Officer Huffman distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 27 October 1968, while serving as a pilot of a OH-6A helicopter during a combat mission near Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam. When his helicopter came under intense enemy ground fire, Warrant Officer Huffman exposed himself to the hostile fire as he flew at low altitudes to mark the enemy positions with smoke grenades for air strikes. Upon learning that an embattled unit was in need of supplies and ammunition, Warrant Officer Huffman without hesitation volunteered for the hazardous mission. With complete disregard for his own safety, Warrant Officer Huffman lowered his helicopter over the landing zone while vital supplies were delivered. His actions contributed greatly towards the successful completion of his unitís mission. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.