Ralph T. Bemis

#1 The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Ralph T. Bemis II for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Loadmaster at Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, from 18 January 1968 to 16 July 1969. During this period Sergeant Bemis flew extremely hazardous missions through adverse weather conditions and the constant threat of hostile ground fire and attack. In spite of this he superbly accomplished these highly intricate and hazardous missions in support of free world forces combatting aggression. Through his personal bravery and energetic application of his knowledge and skill, he significantly furthered the goal of the United States in Southeast Asia. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Bemis reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

#2) Staff Sergeant Ralph T. Bemis, II distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against and opposing armed force as a C-130E Loadmaster for the 50 Tactical Airlift Squadron at An Loc, Republic of Vietnam, on 18 April 1972. On that date Sergeant Bemis flew a tactical emergency low level resupply mission of critically needed ammunition to a besieged concentration of allied forces located in a heavily defended hostile area. While delivering his cargo, Sergeant Bemis’ aircraft was so severely damaged by hostile anti-aircraft fire that a crash landing was required. During the entire operation, Sergeant Bemis performed all tasks, both normal and emergency, with professionalism and precision thereby significantly contributing to the first successful crash landing of a C-130E in a combat environment without the loss of life. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Bemis has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.