Edward C. Engle

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Edward C. Engle for heroism while participating in aerial flight in action against the enemy as a bombardier/navigator of jet aircraft while attached to Attack Squadron One Six Five embarked in USS Constellation (CVA-64). In the early morning hours of 16 April 1972, Lieutenant Engle launched as part of a three-plane, coordinated strike against selected surface-to-air missile sites surrounding the heavily defended city of Haiphong, North Vietnam. Flying at extremely low altitude while utilizing hard maneuvering and electronic countermeasures, Lieutenant Engle was able to successfully evade the numerous surface-to-air missiles and heavy concentrations of anti-aircraft artillery. Once committed to the attack, he boldly ignored these threats and executed his attack dropping all weapons on target. The success of this most daring night, low-level strike was realized later that day when Lieutenant Engle’s air wing experienced only ten surface-to-air missile firings while, during his mission, more than fifty were fired. Lieutenant Engle’s courageous leadership and aerial skill in the face of enemy fire reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.