Arthur G. Elder

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Arthur G. Elder for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Patrol Bomber Plane in Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Seventeen during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Borneo and French Indo-China Areas on 3 and 9 April 1945. Pressing home daring bombing and strafing attacks against Japanese shipping and installations on these dates, Lieutenant Elder dauntlessly flew his aircraft through intense hostile anti-aircraft fire and succeeded in sinking a large cargo vessel, destroyed an oil well and, in addition, damaged a locomotive and several river boats, thereby inflicting extensive losses on the enemy. By his skilled airmanship and courageous devotion to duty in the face of enemy fire, Lieutenant Elder upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.