Paul L. Fait

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Paul L. Fait for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an HU-16B Radio Operator over Southeast Asia on 1 July 1966. On that date, with complete disregard for personal safety, while flying unarmed, without fighter escort and within range of hostile gun emplacements, he maintained critical communications with the required air and ground stations. His part in the rescue operation contributed greatly to the quick and efficient saving of a life. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Fait 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 to Staff Sergeant Paul L. Fait for heroism while participating in aerial flight as a C-130E Combat Spear Radio Operator in Southeast Asia on 15 June 1968. On that date, Sergeant Fait flew a Top Secret combat airdrop mission of vital importance to unconventional warfare operations in Southeast Asia. He penetrated active hostile defenses, marginal weather conditions and incompletely charted mountainous areas to deliver the drop load successfully. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Fait 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 to Technical Sergeant Paul L. Fait for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a special C-123 Airborne Radio Operator in Southeast Asia on 11 November 1971. On that date, he volunteered to fly an extremely hazardous combat mission while participating in a sensitive top secret operation directed by a staff agency of the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. The mission two sorties for the delivery of a classified payload over known and well-fortified enemy positions at great risk. His outstanding airmanship was a critical factor in the successful completion of this important combat mission. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Fait reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.