James M. Wilhite, Jr. Back

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer James M. Wilhite, Jr., for heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty on 4 May 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam. Warrant Officer Wilhite distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action while serving as the Aircraft Commander on the command and control helicopter during a combat mission in Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam. Warrant Officer Wilhite learned of serious casualties suffered by a unit as a result of enemy fire and who required immediate evacuation. Warrant Officer Wilhite voluntarily and without regard for his personal safety landed his aircraft on three separate occasions under hostile fire to evacuate the wounded. Although the landing site was extremely small and not fully secured, he skillfully and with great courage landed the aircraft and managed to take off with a load that would not normally be considered safe. 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. #2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer James M. Wilhite, Jr., for heroism while participating in aerial flight as evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Warrant Officer Wilhite distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 23 June 1969 while serving as an Aircraft Commander with Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade (Airmobile) during a combat assault in Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam. When a helicopter was downed in heavily vegetated jungle, Warrant Officer Wilhite immediately flew to the crash site. Hovering over the aircraft Warrant Officer Wilhite observed a small area where he could land in order to evacuate the crewmembers. With extraordinary skill Warrant Officer Wilhite descended into the small clearing and hovered motionless so the crew could be extracted. Through Warrant Officer Wilhite’s professional knowledge the wounded crewmembers received prompt medical attention which undoubtedly saved several lives. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditional of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.