- James V. Edmundson
James V. Edmundson, Major, United States Air Force, On August 3, 1942 Major Edmundson, as the flight leader of a flight of three heavy bombardment airplanes, was ordered to bomb enemy installations in the Solomon Islands area. Nearing the target area, his flight was closely and aggressively attacked by seven float type zeros. The three zeros were destroyed on the initial attack of the Japanese and one of Major Edmundson’s planes was lost, along with the crew, when an enemy aircraft, out of control and on fire, crashed into it. Having disorganized the Japanese attack, Major Edmundson took advantage of their confusion and gave chase to one of the fighters, shooting it down. He then continued on his bombing run, despite attacks by the three remaining fighters, and succeeded in bombing his objective. _________________________________________________ The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS to MAJOR JAMES V. EDMUNDSON, UNITED STATES ARMY for service as set forth in the following CITATION: ‚ÄúFor heroic and extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight as pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Tulagi, Solomon Islands on August 19, 1942. Flying at perilously low altitude through a bursting hail of anti-aircraft fire, Major Edmundson, with cool courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety, scored a 500-pound-bomb hit just abaft the after turret of a Japanese cruiser, setting up a series of violent explosions aboard the vessel and leaving her in a rage of flames. His superb airmanship and loyal devotion to the accomplishment of a highly important objective contributed materially to the success of our forces in the campaign of the Solomon Islands‚Äù For the President, Secretary of the Navy. _________________________________________________________ This earned him one of the seven Distinguished Flying Cross’s he was awarded during his Air Force career which led him to the position of Deputy Commander in Chief for the United States Readiness Command and subsequent retirement as a Lieutenant General. James V. Edmundson is a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.