Harley R. Beck, Jr.

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Airman First Class Harley R. Beck, Jr., for outstanding achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Gunner of a B-26 attack bomber, 34 Bombardment Wing (L), Fifth Air Force on the night of 17 October 1952. Airman Beck displayed outstanding airmanship and gunnery skill while on an armed reconnaissance over the enemy’s main supply route between Suan and Sokung in North Korea. An enemy convoy of twenty-five vehicles was sighted and immediately taken under attack in a series of bombing and firing passes. Airman Beck, utilizing superior marksmanship, scored several direct hits on these moving targets. These aggressive and highly coordinated attacks resulted in the destruction of five supply-laden vehicles thus depriving the enemy of vital supplies. By his high skill, courage and devotion to duty, Airman Beck has brought great credit upon himself, his organization, and the United States Air Force.