Manuel A. Alegria

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Master Sergeant Manuel A. Alegria for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a KC-135 Boom Operator assigned to the 310th Strategic Wing (Provisional), U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand, on 9 June 1972. On that date, Sergeant Alegria left the relative safety of the normal refueling orbit and penetrated hostile defenses in an unarmed, fuel-laden tanker to provide emergency fuel to a tactical fighter. His immediate and courageous response saved a valuable combat aircraft and prevented the possible death or capture of its crew. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Alegria reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.