Romanie J. Durnin

1) The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Romanie J. Durnin for extraordinary achievement in aerial flight over North Vietnam on 24 March 1966. On that date Major Durnin, led his C-130 flare drop crew to the completion of a highly effective mission requiring seven and a half hours of low level maneuvering over hostile territory. Throughout the entire mission Major Durnin assumed sole responsibility for the operational control of 18 strike aircraft from the time of their arrival in the target area to completion of all ordnance delivery sorties. Although severely hampered by adverse night weather conditions in mountainous terrain and heavy anti-aircraft fire, Major Durnin exhibited a high degree of courage, professional skill and composure as he proved himself instrumental in the successful destruction of numerous enemy targets. By his actions, Major Durnin has proven himself capable of airmanship of the highest order and has thus reflected 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 Major Romanie J. Durnin for outstanding achievement as a C-130 aircraft commander in the Republic of Vietnam on 6 August 1966. On that date, Major Durnin and his crew sighted two pilots who were downed off the coast near Cam Ranh Bay. Major Durnin immediately initiated rescue operations. As a result of his fast and accurate response, both pilots were rescued as darkness settled over the area and only minutes before several possibly unfriendly fishing boats were nearing the pilots. By his prompt action and humanitarian regard for his fellow man, Major Durnin has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.