Clayton J. Edwards

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Airman Second Class Clayton J. Edwards for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Turret-gunner of a B-26 attack bomber on an intruder mission the night of 8 January 1952. While on armed reconnaissance over the enemy’s main routes of supply between Kunu-Ri and Pyongyang, Korea, an enemy supply train was sighted in a heavily defended flak area and immediately taken under attack. During these highly coordinated live bombing and strafing passes, Airman Edwards displayed outstanding airmanship and aerial marksmanship by strafing this lucrative target with his turret guns. These aggressive attacks were pressed until the attack bomber’s ordnance had been expended and, as a result, five (5) boxcars were destroyed and ten (10) boxcars damaged. Airman Edwards contributed directly to this highly successful mission which deprived the enemy the use of essential supplies and equipment. By his outstanding courage and devotion to duty, Airman Edwards has brought great credit upon himself, his organization, and the United States Air Force.