Richard S. Drury

1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Richard S Drury for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an A-1 Pilot in Southeast Asia on 28 June 1969. On that date, Captain Drury flew his A-1 Skyraider on a mission in support of friendly troops who were under attack by an overwhelming number of hostile forces. Disregarding the danger to himself from heavy anti-aircraft fire, Captain Drury courageously attacked and destroyed several multiple anti-aircraft gun positions. When his leader’s aircraft was shot down, his prompt and professional actions in directing their immediate recovery contributed significantly to the successful rescue of two downed pilots. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Drury reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

2) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Richard S. Drury for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an A-1 Pilot in Southeast Asia on 12 January 1970. On that date, he was launched on a night mission against a heavily defended hostile supply route. After rendezvousing with the Forward Air Controller, Captain Drury located the target and began his attack. Although he was receiving intense barrages of large caliber anti-aircraft fire on each pass, he pressed his attack and succeeded in destroying two motorized vehicles and causing numerous secondary explosions. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Drury reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

3) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Richard S. Drury for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an A-1 Pilot in Southeast Asia on 18 February 1970. On that date, he was scrambled in support of a rescue mission for a downed Pilot. He provided the navigation and air cover for the rescue helicopter. As the helicopter dashed in for a pickup attempt, Captain Drury attacked hostile positions in the area drawing their fire to himself rather than the more vulnerable helicopter. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Drury reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

4) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Richard S. Drury for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an A-1 Pilot in Southeast Asia on 26 March 1970. On that date, while under heavy ground fire, he destroyed multiple military vehicles and large stores of supplies through his precise ordnance delivery. By intentionally exposing himself to ground fire to locate anti-aircraft gun positions, his wingman was able to effectively silence one such position. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Drury reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.