Jimmy R. Ford

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy R. Ford for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an EC-47 Navigator in Southeast Asia on 22 August 1972. On that date, Colonel Ford flew an extremely hazardous mission through adverse weather conditions and through the constant threat of hostile ground fire and attack. In spite of this, he superbly accomplished this highly intricate and hazardous mission in support of friendly ground forces. Through his personal bravery and energetic application of knowledge and skill, he significantly furthered the goal of the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Ford reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.