Clifford E. Dykes

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Clifford E. Dykes for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as C-130E Navigator near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam on 6 May 1967. On that date, Captain Dykes was flying a vital combat support mission against an armed unfriendly ground force. The mission called for the delivery of badly needed ammunition to friendly forces fighting for Hill 881 located just west of Khe Sanh. With great determination and superior airmanship, Captain Dykes braved marginal weather, hazardous terrain and intense hostile ground fire to accomplish this vital mission. The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Dykes reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.