Hugh N. Dyer, III

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant (junior grade) Hugh N. Dyer, III, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Naval Flight Officer of a jet aircraft attached to Fighter Squadron Two Hundred Thirteen, embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) during a major strike in support of combat operations in Southeast Asia against North Vietnamese forces on 5 February 1967. In the fifth aircraft of six fighter/bombers comprising the F-4 strike element during a coordinated attack against the heavily defended Thanh Hoa logistics complex in North Vietnam, Lieutenant (junior grade) Dyer displayed courageous determination and exceptional airmanship in the destruction of a key enemy industrial plant consisting of 45 buildings. The size and arrangement of the target required precise bombing of assigned segments by each aircraft. As his aircraft reached the roll-in point for the attack, Lieutenant (juior grade) Dyer ignored the intense anti-aircraft fire which covered the dive path and with calm determination he precisely called off the dive angle, altitude, airspeed and dive corrections that were necessary to enable his pilot to place all bombs on his assigned aim point. In the presence of great personal danger, Lieutenant (junior grade) Dyer steadfastly assisted his pilot with such exceptional skill that each bomb struck its mark with great accuracy contributing o the confirmed destruction by six aircraft of 41 buildings and four trucks plus severe damage to the remaining four buildings. His daring action, exceptional airmanship and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

#2) Lieutenant Hugh N. Dyer, III is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Radar Intercept Officer of a jet aircraft attached to Fighter Squadron Two Hundred Thirteen, embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) on 25 April 1967 against the cement industry located in the port city of Haiphong, North Vietnam. Lieutenant Dyer skillfully operated his radar searching for enemy fighters. The thoroughness of his search assured his flight of a clear air space above the target free from the threat of enemy aircraft. With this knowledge, attention could be diverted to the task of quickly locating the target along with accomplishing a more accurate suppression run. Once entering the target area he quickly oriented himself to the topography and provided rapid and accurate information to his pilot concerning the preassigned anti-aircraft site location with respect to key land marks and terrain features. This action reduced the combat exposure time and allowed his pilot to more precisely position the aircraft for the flak suppression run. Though the flak was exceedingly intense Lieutenant Dyer calmly continued his search for enemy surface-to-air missiles. While sighting many he isolated several that were a direct threat to his flight and provided his pilot with timely information and direction that led to their final avoidance. During the attack run, while in the midst of this heavy zero deflection ground fire he monitored the cockpit instruments to assure the aircraft of a safe pull out and recovery altitude and at the same time he scanned the target airspace to locate the safest possible retirement direction. While his aircraft remained in the target area for coordination, until the last bomber had completed its run, he secured many photographs of the strike damage providing a rapid evaluation of the mission results. Lieutenant Dyer’s actions and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.