Hugh J. Blackwell

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Technical Sergeant Hugh J. Blackwell, United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as Crew Chief of a Transport Plane in Marine Utility Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, from 9 November to 13 December 1943. Completing his twentieth mission during this period, Technical Sergeant Blackwell rendered valuable assistance to his pilot and contributed materially to the success of his plane in the transportation of vital material and personnel to the forward combat areas. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.