Dale E. Epps

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Master Sergeant Dale E. Epps for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a C-130B Flight Engineer at Quang Tri Airfield, Republic of Vietnam, on 23 July 1971. On that date, Sergeant Epps was flying a hazardous mission into this forward operating base when an engine malfunction occurred. Because of high enemy activity in the area, approaching darkness and the known threat of rocket and mortar attack, maintenance personnel were unable to get into the airfield. Disregarding personal safety and using outstanding ingenuity and initiative Sergeant Epps repaired the malfunction, enabling the aircraft to be flown to safety. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Epps reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.