Kirk T. Dunker

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Kirk. T. Dunker for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a C-7A aircraft at Dalat Cam Ly, Special Forces Camp, Republic of Vietnam on 14 February 1971. On that date, Captain Dunker made a successful tactical approach, offload, and departure of the field, but after takeoff the aircraft came under hostile automatic ground fire. Evasive maneuvers were employed by Captain Dunker while checking the engine instruments for possible engine or system damage and maintaining close crew coordination through a successful landing at the nearest airfield. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Dunker reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force