Edward L. Feightner

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Edward L. Feightner for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter Plane in Fighting Squadron Eight, attached to the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific War Area from February 1, 1942 to July 21, 1943. Completing his twentieth mission during this period, Lieutenant (then Lieutenant, Junior Grade) Feightner contributed materially to the success of his squadron and to the infliction of damage on the enemy. His courage and devotion to duty in the face of anti-aircraft fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

#2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Junior Grade Edward L. Feightner for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighting Squadron Ten, attached to the U.S.S. Enterprise, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific from October 26, 1942 to January 30, 1943. Participating in numerous flights throughout the far-flung battle area, Ensign Feightner pressed home his attacks with bold determination and courageous disregard for his own personal safety. In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, he destroyed one hostile dive bomber and probably destroyed a torpedo plane. As member of a combat patrol on January 30, he bravely intercepted twelve torpedo bombers attacking the U.S.S. Chicago and, despite fierce opposition, shot down three. His superb airmanship and aggressive fighting spirit were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

#3) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Edward L. Feightner for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a carrier-based fighter airplane assigned to a fighter sweep against aircraft and installations in the vicinity of Formosa on 12 October 1944. He personally shot down and destroyed three enemy fighter airplanes thus contributing materially to the success of the operation. His skill, coolness and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.