D. Patrick Farley

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Daniel Patrick Farley for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4E Weapon Systems Officer over Southeast Asia on 29 December 1972. On that date, Captain Farley flew a strike escort mission to protect B-52 aircraft striking targets near Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite marginal weather conditions, heavy anti-aircraft fire and numerous surface-to-air missiles that were launched at his flight, Captain Farley was able to nullify an attack on the strike force by a hostile aircraft, allowing the strike force to deliver their ordnance on their assigned targets. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Farley reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.