Richard Bailey

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Richard Bailey for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an RF-4C Navigator on 27 December 1968. On that date, Captain Bailey was specifically chosen to fly a low altitude day reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.  Despite marginal weather and hostile ground forces reaction to his presence, Captain Bailey courageously obtained complete photographic coverage of two priority one targets.  Because of the outstanding airmanship displayed by Captain Bailey valuable information concerning the disposition of hostile forces was obtained.  The professional competence, aerial skill and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Bailey reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.