Randy R. Zahn Back

1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer Randy R. Zahn 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 Zahn distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 18 October 1970, while serving as Pilot in the Republic of Vietnam. Warrant Officer Zahn made repeated rocket attacks on enemy positions after one of the helicopters had been downed by the hostiles. Again and again he attacked until his ammunition was expired and he was replaced by another gunship. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Chief Warrant Officer Zahn distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 10 January 1971 in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a visual reconnaissance mission, Chief Warrant Officer Zahnís aircraft began taking intense anti-aircraft fire from several enemy emplacements. Realizing that these positions must be destroyed, Chief Warrant Officer Zahn, with complete disregard for his own safety, attacked the hostile fortifications. His courageous actions resulted in complete destruction of dangerous anti-aircraft sites. Chief Warrant Officer Zahnís outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.