- Dail D. Fine
For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy as a member of a Marine attack squadron in KOREA. On 16 June 1953, Captain FINE led a division of Marine attack aircraft on a high priority close air support mission to seek out and destroy enemy automatic weapons and mortars that were causing serious damage to advancing friendly troops. Promptly locating the carefully camouflaged objective, Captain FINE initiated a daring dive bombing assault in the face of intense hostile antiaircraft fire. Diving to minimum altitude, he skillfully maneuvered through the precipitous terrain and scored direct bomb hits that caused large secondary explosions. With the target now clearly defined for the remainder of the flight, he then led repeated low level attacks that inflicted heavy enemy casualties and demolished the hostile strongpoint. Captain FINE’s bombing accuracy and exemplary leadership were responsible for the success of a flight that substantially reduced pressure on front line elements of the United Nations ground force. His courageous conduct and steadfast devotion to duty throughout reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.