Bruce A Bleakley

** The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Bruce A. Bleakley for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a C-130E Pilot for the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron at An Loc, Republic of Vietnam, on 25 April 1972. On that date, Captain Bleakley flew a tactical emergency low level airdrop of critically needed ammunition and supplies to a besieged concentration of allied forces located in a heavily defended hostile area.  With complete disregard for his own personal safety, in spite of heavy antiaircraft fire and intense automatic weapons activity which resulted in approximately 60 holes in the airframe, Captain Bleakley delivered his cargo and then brought both aircraft and crew safely back to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam.  The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Bleakley reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

** The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster) to Captain Bruce A. Bleakley for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a C-130E Pilot for the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron at An Loc, Republic of Vietnam, on 27 April 1972. On that date, Captain Bleakley exhibited outstanding airmanship and courage in the successful accomplishment of an important combat support mission flown under extremely hazardous conditions.  With complete disregard for his own personal safety, in spite of heavy antiaircraft fire and intense automatic weapon activity, Captain Bleakley delivered his cargo to the besieged allied troops.  The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Bleakley reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.