Richard M. Eselgroth, Jr.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Richard M. Eselgroth, Jr., for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Pararescue Recovery Specialist at the Toutle River, Washington from 31 October 1977 to 1 November 1977. During this period his expertise and decisive actions were responsible for the saving of two young lives and preventing the development of a hazard which would endanger both the rescue helicopter and its crew. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Eselgroth reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.