Ross C. Detwiler

#1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Ross C. Detwiler for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-100 Pilot in Southeast Asia on 3 September 1968. On that date, Lieutenant Detwiler was able to deliver ordnance against a network of hostile bunkers with pinpoint accuracy. Lieutenant Detwiler significantly disrupted hostile activity and enabled the ground forces to complete their operations. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Detwiler reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

#2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Ross C. Detwiler for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-100F Forward Air Controller over North Vietnam on 21 September 1968. On that date, Lieutenant Detwiler located a heavily defended and camouflaged surface-to-air missile and a separate supply and staging area. Ignoring intense ground fire, he repeatedly exposed himself during marking passes and fainting attacks by using his own aircraft as a decoy to draw away from the less maneuverable ordnance-laden fighters and insure the destruction of the surface-to-air missile. After refueling, he proceeded to the second target complex and made numerous identification and plotting passes which were instrumental in the success of later strikes against this area. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Detwiler reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

#3) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Ross C. Detwiler for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-4D Aircraft Commander over hostile territory on 30 December 1972. On that date, Captain Detwiler led a flight of two F-4 air superiority fighters on a night combat air patrol mission in support of B-52 bombers striking in the immediate vicinity of Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite anti-aircraft artillery fire and surface-to-air missile launches, Captain Detwiler, while proceeding to the target area, engaged an enemy interceptor aircraft attacking the friendly B-52 force and successfully diverted him from the area. Captain Detwiler’s actions allowed the highly vulnerable B-52 force to accomplish their assigned mission while experiencing no aircraft losses. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Detwiler reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.