Fred L. Dungan

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Fred L. Dungan for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as a pilot of a carrier-based fighter plane on 19 June 1944 in the vicinity of the Mariana Islands. After having completed his assigned mission he voluntarily made low photographic runs over an enemy airfield in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, and upon the unexpected approach of a group of more than fifty enemy planes to the field, turned immediately to the attack with heavy odds against him. Shooting down one enemy torpedo plane and one enemy fighter, assisting in the destruction of three more enemy planes, two fighters and one torpedo plane, he thus contributed materially to insure the safety of the fleet from heavy air attack. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.