David F. Deterich

Captain David F. Deterich is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a C-130E Navigator with the 90th Special Operations Squadron, Republic of Vietnam, on 6 August 1971. On that date, Captain Deterich overcame severe environmental hazards on a night combat airdrop mission over territory controlled by unfriendly forces. He penetrated active hostile defenses, marginal weather conditions, and rugged mountainous terrain to deliver the drop load successfully. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Deterich reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.