Timothy R. Zink

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer Timothy R. Zink for heroism while participating in aerial flight as evidenced by voluntary actions above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Chief Warrant Officer Zink distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 29 October 1968 while serving with Company A, 123rd Aviation Battalion. On that date, he was serving as aircraft commander of the command and control helicopter of the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry when he monitored a distress call from a helicopter gunship that had been shot down by enemy fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Chief Warrant Officer Zink diverted his aircraft to the location of the disabled aircraft and landed to extract the crew. With complete disregard for his own safety, he remained on the ground until all the downed crew members and salvageable equipment had been placed aboard his aircraft. Through his timely actions, he was able to save the lives of four fellow soldiers and salvage critical items of equipment. Chief Warrant Officer Zink’s personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the American Division, and the United States Army.