Jimmie T. Dillon

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Warrant Officer Jimmie T. Dillon for heroism while participating in aerial flight, evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Warrant Officer Dillon distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 28 June 1967 while serving as aircraft commander of a medical evacuation helicopter during the rescue of a casualty from a battlefield near Duc Pho. Warrant Officer Dillon was flying a routine mission when he noticed armed aircraft at work above a ground conflict. He flew over the area to offer his assistance and was soon radioed by the ground commander to pick up a seriously wounder man. He hovered over the battle area, waiting for the friendly force to gain fire superiority over the Viet Cong. However, when the ground commander reported that the casualty was weakening quickly, Warrant Officer Dillon decided to make the evacuation immediately. As he began to approach the landing zone, the insurgents concentrated all of their fire on him. The ground commander advised him to postpone the rescue because of the intensity of the hostile fire, but he resolutely continued his approach and landing. Bullets were striking all around his helicopter and several hit the aircraft itself, but Warrant Officer Dillon remained in the dangerous zone until his crew men had brought the casualty aboard. He then made a fast, low level takeoff, taking advantage of terrain and vegetation to avoid the enemy’s weapons. Warrant Officer Dillon’s outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United Statea Army.