Justice J. Buttala

World War II
Service #O-2065716
RankSecond Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit28th BOMB SQ 19th BOMB GP/VH
Entered Service From
Date of DeathMay 26, 1945
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Courts of the Missing
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, United States

Air Medal

The Air Medal, established by Executive Order on 11 May 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 11 September 1942, is awarded to a person who, while serving with the United States Armed Forces, has distinguished himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may recognize single acts of heroism or merit, or may recognize sustained meritorious service over a period of six months or more. The Air Medal primarily recognizes personnel on flight status requiring frequent participation in aerial flight. It may be awarded to personnel not on flight status whose duties require frequent flight other than in a passenger status. The Air Medal ranks behind the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.