Leland E. Bennett

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Master Sergeant Leland E. Bennett for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a KC-135 Boom Operator, in Southeast Asia, on 29 December 1972. On that date, Sergeant Bennett penetrated an extremely hostile air defense net in his unarmed fuel laden tanker to rendezvous with and provide emergency fuel to a friendly tactical fighter.  His prompt and courageous response saved a valuable tactical aircraft and prevented the possible death or capture of its crew.  The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Bennett reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.