J. Logan Fagner

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant J. Logan Fagner for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 25 October 1951. As pilot of a highly vulnerable helicopter, Lieutenant Fagner flew into an area near Taegwang-ni, Korea, reported to harbor more than one thousand enemy troops, to effect the rescue of an observer of a liaison aircraft. The observer had parachuted from his ship, which had burst into flames after being hit by enemy fire. When notified of the location of the downed airman, Lieutenant Fagner flew with fighter escort directly to the position. Locating the victim in an area where shells were bursting, Lieutenant Fagner made a fast, low approach, executed a quick stop, and picked up the observer by the use of cable hoist and sling. Lieutenant Fagner then climbed his helicopter to altitude as he reeled the observer in and transported him safely to the nearest Mobile Army Surgical Hospital where the victim was treated for serious burns suffered before parachuting. By his high degree of heroism at the risk of his own life, Lieutenant Fagner has brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.