Gustave R. Banks

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Gustave R. Banks for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as the Lead Navigator of an EC-121R reconnaissance combat aircrew at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, on 25 July 1969. During this period, Captain Banks displayed courage, professional skill and competence in insuring completion of this important combat mission. His precise navigation on this mission allowed for precision electronic reconnaissance which resulted in the destruction of supplies, transportation, and a major enemy transshipment point. This distinctive achievement was accomplished while engaged in a hazardous mission requiring frequent and repeated exposure to hostile ground fire. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Banks reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.