Charles D Arnold

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Charles D. Arnold for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Pilot in Composite Squadron Ninety Nine, attached to the U.S. S. Hoggatt Bay, during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Ryukyu Islands from May 18 to June 22, 1945. Participating in twenty flight and strike missions, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Arnold inflicted extensive damage on enemy ground forces, airfields, fortifications and installations, thereby contributing materially to the success of his Squadron. His skill and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.