Geoffrey A. L. Blackman

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey A. L. Blackman for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot and Plane Commander of a Patrol Bomber Plane in Patrol Squadron Twenty-three during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Ocean area from 4 September 1942 to 12 January 1944. Completing his twentieth mission during this period, Lieutenant Commander (then Lieutenant, Junior Grade) Blackman participated in daring night and day search flights over an active combat area and carried out a hazardous rescue mission in the vicinity of Munda, New Georgia. By his skilled airmanship, outstanding courage and loyal devotion to duty in the face of hostile anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant Commander Blackman contributed materially to the success of his squadron thereby upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.